Titus Andronicus' new Bob Mould-produced album, An Obelisk, is out June 21 via Merge and they've just shared an unusual promotional item: a sitcom pilot. Titled STACKS, it was written by and stars frontman Patrick Stickles (whose nickname is "Stacks") and presents a fictionalized version of the band, weaving the narratives of three Titus songs into the plot of the 36-minute pilot. In it, Stickles endures pressures from the label to "go synthpop" and a bad interview with a music journalist. Ray Concepcion directed. "This whole [sitcom] is basically meant to be a manifestation of my anxiety about the moment when the piece of art or content that I create goes from being my special, personal thing to grist for the mill," Stickles told Vulture, also saying, "Even if you made the greatest thing in the world, if you don’t have an angle with which to sell it, you’re basically sunk. Or if you can’t find some way that it ties into some prevailing media narrative, what are you gonna do? If you can’t make a Game of Thrones meme out of something, who cares if it exists or not?”

The pilot also features two previously unheard An Obelisk songs (“Just Like Ringing a Bell” and “Troubleman Unlimited”), and a few Merge employees can be heard as well (including label-cofounder and Superchunk bassist Laura Ballance). Watch it below.

Titus Andronicus have a few dates this summer, including a sold-out An Obelisk‘s release show at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade on June 21, and they've just announced a massive, 63-date fall tour that includes a few more NYC-area shows: Asbury Park Brewery on October 11, Jersey City's WFMU Monty Hall on October 12 and the tour wraps up in NYC proper for a show at Bowery Ballroom on November 23.

Tickets for those NYC-area shows and all dates of the fall tour go on sale Friday, May 31 at noon local time. All dates are listed below.

Titus Andronicus - 2019 Tour Dates
Jun 21 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade (Record Release Show) [SOLD OUT]
Jun 22 Fords, NJ – Vintage Vinyl (in-store)
Jul 23 Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong [SOLD OUT]
Jul 26 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (MRG30 Festival) [SOLD OUT]
Jul 27 Fredericksburg, VA – Fredericksburg All Ages
Jul 28 Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA [SOLD OUT]
Sep 04 Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit Hall
Sep 05 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
Sep 06 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Sep 07 Milwaukee, WI – X-Ray Arcade
Sep 08 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Sep 09 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Hall
Sep 10 Sioux Falls, SD – Total Drag
Sep 11 Fargo, ND – Aquarium
Sep 13 Missoula, MT – VFW
Sep 14 Walla Walla, WA – Huichica Festival
Sep 15 Vancouver, BC – Imperial (Westward Music Festival)
Sep 16 Seattle, WA – Crocodile
Sep 18 Portland, OR – Polaris
Sep 20 Davis, CA – Odd Fellows Lodge
Sep 21 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
Sep 22 Felton, CA – Felton Music Hall
Sep 23 San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brew
Sep 25 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater
Sep 26 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
Sep 27 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
Sep 28 Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge
Sep 29 Santa Fe, NM – Tumbleroot
Oct 01 Denver, CO – Globe Hall
Oct 02 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
Oct 03 Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s
Oct 04 St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
Oct 05 Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
Oct 06 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
Oct 07 Morgantown, WV – Pleasant Street
Oct 09 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
Oct 10 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Oct 11 Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Park Brewery
Oct 12 Jersey City, NJ – Monty Hall
Oct 22 Providence, RI – AS220
Oct 23 Easthampton, MA – Flywheel
Oct 24 Boston, MA – ONCE Ballroom
Oct 25 Portsmouth, NH – Press Room
Oct 26 Burlington, VT – ArtsRiot
Oct 27 Montreal, QC – L’Escogriffe
Oct 28 Ottawa, ON – 27 Club
Oct 30 Toronto, ON – Mod Club
Oct 31 Detroit, MI – Deluxx Fluxx
Nov 01 Louisville, KY – Odeon
Nov 02 Nashville, TN – Drkmttr
Nov 03 Hot Springs, AR – Low Key Arts
Nov 05 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
Nov 06 Austin, TX – Barracuda
Nov 07 Houston, TX – Satellite
Nov 08 New Orleans, LA – Santos Party House
Nov 09 Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box
Nov 11 Miami, FL – Churchill’s
Nov 12 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
Nov 13 Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
Nov 14 Gainesville, FL – High Dive
Nov 15 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Nov 16 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
Nov 17 Greensville, SC – Radio Room
Nov 18 Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
Nov 19 Durham, NC – The Pinhook
Nov 20 Richmond, VA – The Camel
Nov 21 Washington, DC – Black Cat
Nov 22 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
Nov 23 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

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