Titus Andronicus is the title of one of Shakespeares most gratuitously gruesome works, based almost entirely around a bloody cycle of revenge that begets more revenge. Its also the name of a dramatic, hedonistic punk band from New Jersey that has flown under Seattles radar for far too long. Their last show at the Funhouse was sparsely attended, but those who caught it were rewarded with a rowdy, rousing performance that sounded and felt like a rumble between the Pogues and Arcade Fire. The Airing of Grievances is a messy, impassioned sprawl of tragic comedy distilled into ferociously catchy songs that sink their hooks into your heart. Theres no more perfect show this week to get you warmed up for Monotonix on Saturday.
Fri., Sept. 18, 9:30 p.m., 2009