(Vera) Hailing from New Jersey and trafficking in passionately anthemic rock 'n' roll, Titus Andronicus draw easy comparisons to the overarching young Springsteen. Blessed with a singer who sounds shockingly like Paul Westerberg, Titus Andronicus also earn comparisons to prime Replacements. In a rare occurrence, the comparisons fit (though the band is young enough to perhaps be drawing what I call Springsteenisms from the Hold Steady). Whatever the case, they're awesome—smart, passionate, dramatic, and fuck-it-all lovable. Tonight's show at the Vera Project (Seattle's best-sounding rock room) should be something to remember and/or regret missing. DAVID SCHMADER
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