00:00 | In July of 2005, the rock band Titus Andronicus made their first live appearance, performing for a few friends in an unfinished basement. The ensuing decade would see nearly 800 shows, 18 members, and the release of three full-length albums and 14 7-inches, as the group rose from their obscure beginnings in the tri-state DIY scene to the heights of international "indie stardom," only to (nearly?) throw it all away in a vicious cycle of depression and decadence. The culmination of that ten-year journey is The Most Lamentable Tragedy.
The Most Lamentable Tragedy is the fourth studio album by Titus Andronicus and the band's debut for Merge Records. A rock opera in five acts, it will see release on July 28, 2015.
TMLT is both the crown jewel of the band's discography and the legend that contextualizes their entire body of work. It reveals that Titus Andronicus are what hardcore fans have said they are for years, and what the world must now recognize them to be: not merely the greatest rock and roll band of this era, but one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time.
20:00 | If The Netherlands had a 'Sunshine State,' it would
be the utterly romantic provence of Limburg, known for its florid views, carnivalesque gatherings, and Afterpartees.
Originating from Horst aan de Maas, and driven by their love for energetic 70s punk and heartbreaking powerpop, this band wandered through their country with Iggy Pop,
T-Rex and King Tuff blasting from the van's crooked speakers.
On stage, Afterpartees gamble all their chips, and cross all boundaries, real and imagined. They've toured with fellow Dutch musicians traumahelikopter, and played renowned Dutch festivals such as Best Kept Secret, Pinkpop,
Into The Great Wide Open and Lowlands.
Afterpartees debut LP, 'Glitter Lizard' is a combination of happy childhood memories and a nihilistic teenage worldview, and is available now via Excelsior Recordings.