Mississippi Studios North
Fri., Oct. 2, 9 p.m. 2015 21+
Patrick Stickles turned 30 this year. To celebrate, his band Titus Andronicus released The Most Lamentable Tragedy, a weighty, ambitious five-act rock opera that depicts Stickles' own bipolar disorder through its manic upswings and depressive downswings. Across 90 minutes and six sides of vinyl, the New Jersey band emits its brand of pomp-and-circumstance punk—a grandiose, to-the-bleachers, joyously sloppy version of rock 'n' roll, played fast and hard and loud. There's no mistaking this particular rock opera for American Idiot or Kilroy Was Here. It's too raw, too bloody, too melodramatic. Despite its rough edges, it might be the first rock opera that's actually as operatic as it is rocking. NED LANNAMANN Read our article on Titus Andronicus.