Daily Distraction: Brace for Titus Andronicus at Ace of Cups with this live concert video

The Jersey punks are belatedly celebrating the 10-year anniversary of 'The Monitor' with a fall tour that stops in Columbus on Nov. 14

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus performs. The Shadow of the City music festival was held on the Summer Stage at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park on Sunday, September 10, 2017.

Patrick Stickles, band leader for Jersey punks Titus Andronicus, has always moved relentlessly forward, most recently churning out raucous album An Obelisk, on which Stickles addressed everything from the shallow state of popular rock ‘n’ roll (“Just Like a Ringing Bell”) to mass shootings (”(I Blame) Society”) and the growing threat of police violence (“On the Street”).

But following a year in which the pandemic set the band (and the music industry as a whole) on the sidelines, it appears as though Stickles and Co. are finally ready to take a look backwards, launching a belated 10-year anniversary celebration of breakthrough 2010 album The Monitor, including a newly remastered vinyl pressing of the LP and a fall tour that includes a Nov. 14 stop at Ace of Cups. A presale for concert tickets started today (Wednesday, June 23), with the rest of the tickets going on sale this Friday via the band's website.

“As the 10th anniversary came and went, I considered scrapping the whole thing,” Stickles said in a press release, “but my audience has helped me so much to endure during this difficult time, and knowing how much they themselves have had to endure, I couldn’t ignore or deny that they deserve a little treat. After so many years of doing whatever I want, for once, I’m going to give the people what they want.”

To prepare, check out this Monitor-era performance of "A More Perfect Union," filmed at the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival, and then imagine how much this song will rip when played onstage at Ace later this year.