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Rock Picks: Titus Andronicus plays Cat’s Cradle with Spider Bags

The band Titus Andronicus has a stunning new album – “The Most Lamentable Tragedy” – and they’ll play it Monday at Cat’s Cradle on a bill with Spider Bags.
The band Titus Andronicus has a stunning new album – “The Most Lamentable Tragedy” – and they’ll play it Monday at Cat’s Cradle on a bill with Spider Bags.

Titus Andronicus has always been about the most theatrically extravagant band in the land, so their latest recorded work isn’t entirely surprising: “The Most Lamentable Tragedy” (Merge Records), billed and subtitled as “A Rock Opera in Five Acts.” But the sheer massive scope of the thing is nevertheless stunning – 29 tracks sprawled across two discs with 94 minutes of wildly self-indulgent, over-the-top Grand Rock Gestures(™).

It’s kind of hard to imagine the relatively intimate confines of Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle can contain anything on a scale this epic, but that’s where Titus Andronicus will drop anchor to play Monday on a bill with Merge label-mates Spider Bags. So save some energy from this weekend’s rock-festival extravaganza for that. Doors open at 7 p.m., Baked plays first at 8 and cover is $10. For details, see catscradle.com.

Other highlights

  • This weekend brings the aforementioned rock-festival extravaganza, the sixth annual Hopscotch Festival, to clubs and stages across downtown Raleigh. Dwight Yoakam, Phil Cook, TV on the Radio, X, Pusha T and 100-plus more acts will play, and a great deal of the music is on the street for free. See hopscotchmusicfest.com for schedules and such.
  • Post-Hopscotch, Sunday night is extraordinarily busy with Milk Carton Kids at Durham’s Carolina Theatre, San Francisco’s Thee Oh Sees at Kings in Raleigh, Laetitia Sadier (the voice of Stereolab) at Cat’s Cradle Back Room and the 95X Big Shindig with Stone Temple Pilots, Atlas Genius, Passion Pit and a bunch more at Raleigh’s Walnut Creek.
  • Best Coast plays Saxapahaw’s Haw River Ballroom Monday. Backup singer to the stars Lisa Fischer takes center-stage at the Carolina Tuesday, the same night Death Cab for Cutie plays Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe jams Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.
  • Janet Jackson sings and dances at Walnut Creek Thursday.
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