The opening track from Titus Andronicus' second album is a seven-minute epic complete with spoken word, slow build, thrashing beat, and punk-anthem sing-along. They've whittled "A More Perfect Union" down to a three-and-a-half minute video that successfully captures what makes The Monitor one of the most incredible albums of the year. When I caught the band performing this song at SXSW, it might well have been the high point of the entire festival. You can bet I'll be there when they play it tonight at their show at Mississippi Studios. Titus is one of the best bands around right now, so you don't want to miss this one.

w/Let's Wrestle, Deer or the Doe; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $10