Entries tagged with: Laura Jane Grace
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Against Me! / Mitski / Cayetana
After playing Bonnaroo on Friday, Against Me! brought their tour to NYC for a free afternoon show in McCarren Park, part of Brooklyn's Northside Festival. It was a great bill all around, with Brooklyn's Mitski and Philly's Cayetana opening the show. Both Mitski and Cayetana did similar sets to other recent NYC shows (mostly off their respective 2014 albums), and they both sounded excellent as always. Mitski had a new backing band with her this time (and at her Saint Vitus show a night earlier), and they sounded great, including the addition of electronic drum pads during "I Don't Smoke." Mitski has two more upcoming NYC shows on her tour with Elvis Depressedly and Eskimeaux.
Against Me! wrapped up the show, taking the stage at the early, sunny, and very hot hour of 5:30 PM or so. The crowd really packed in for them, and they sounded fantastic as ever. We got plenty off last year's Transgender Dysphoria Blues, plus a handful of others from throughout their career like "Sink, Florida Sink," "I Was a Teenage Anarchist," "Pints of Guinness Make You Strong" and more. They also opened the encore with their cover of The Replacements' "Androgynous." A short video clip of that is here. Against Me!'s full setlist, and more pictures from the McCarren Park show, below.
AM! also just announced a live album, 23 Live Sex Acts, which is due September 4 via Total Treble/Ingrooves. Check out the tracklist, a stream of "True Trans Soul Rebel" from the album, and the artwork (which may not be safe for certain work environments), below.
by Andrew Sacher
We mentioned earlier this year that Brooklyn's Worriers were working on a new album that Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace was producing, and now the first fruits of their collaborations have been released. The new single's called "They / Them / Theirs," and it's a ripping melodic punk song about the frustrations of the gender binary. Check it out below (via Spin).
The new album is called Imaginary Life, and comes out August 7 via Don Giovanni. It follows 2013's Cruel Optimist.
We mentioned that Worriers have a hometown show coming up on May 28 at Silent Barn with Caves, Sundials and Alice, and that it would be the kickoff to their US tour with Caves. That tour was since announced in full (it also includes a New Brunswick show), and all dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Laura Jane Grace will be in NYC for a solo show at City Winery on Monday (5/25) (Memorial Day). That's sold out but you can join the wait list in case tickets become available. Against Me! are also touring and playing a free afternoon show in NYC on June 13 at McCarren Park (part of Northside Festival). Free tickets are still available.
Miley Cyrus recently launched the Happy Hippie Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the goal of "rallying young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations." In honor of its launch, Miley has been filming live videos in a backyard (called the Backyard Sessions), and the newest one is a pretty amazing collaboration with Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace and Joan Jett, where the three of them cover The Replacements' "Androgynous." Watch the video below.
This collaboration (which follows the news that she and her friends The Flaming Lips are working on an album together) isn't the only interesting Miley news this week. In a new interview with Out she came out as gender queer:
Miley says she already spent a lot of time struggling with traditional gender expectations--and being resentful that she was a girl. "I didn't want to be a boy," she clarifies. "I kind of wanted to be nothing. I don't relate to what people would say defines a girl or a boy, and I think that's what I had to understand: Being a girl isn't what I hate, it's the box that I get put into."Miley will also be honored, along with Andy Cohen, at the sixth annual Inspiration Gala to benefit amfAR, "in recognition of their contributions to the fight against AIDS." The gala happens June 16 at Spring Studios in NYC.
The Replacements are also on tour. They don't hit NYC but they have a Philly show this weekend with Superchunk. We recently posted pictures and setlist of their Chicago show with The Smoking Popes, as well as a live video of their new song.
Miley/Laura/Joan video below...
What was your immediate reaction to the "sellout" stuff? Did you feel zen about it, or were you more like, "Fuck this"?Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace already has two US solo shows coming up in May (including one in NYC - tix), and in the following two months, the full band will go on a North American tour. Support comes from former My Chemical Romance member Frank Iero and San Francisco's Annie Girl & The Flight.
I think that's the knee-jerk reaction that happens. Obviously, when I was 23 years old and going through this, people were physically trying to fight us, slashing our tires. Stuff like that puts you in a really dissenting place. I definitely, at times, had that attitude of "Fuck you." But the thing that I was taught with punk rock was: Think for yourself. Don't listen to what other people tell you. Be happy to live your life. So I've only ever made decisions based on the facts that I've known to be true. A lot of that, I'm sure, was hard to explain to people, especially if you look at an album like [2010's] White Crosses, thinking... well, obviously I was reconciling a lot of things in my life, and what happened next. I was still wrapped up in all that, so my narrative at the time of all of these records was completely different than other people's. [Laura Jane Grace to SPIN]
They're set to play NYC for Brooklyn's Northside Festival on June 13, but that show is still TBA. Meanwhile, they also have a NJ show on June 19 at Starland Ballroom. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale Friday (4/17). All dates are listed below.
Laura recently performed a solo acoustic rendition of "Pretty Girls (The Mover)" from 2005's Searching For A Former Clarity (one of the first songs to hint at her gender dysphoria) for the AV Club. You can watch that here. She was also just interviewed by SPIN for their new feature on revisiting past albums that the magazine awarded "Album of the Year." The album in question here is Against Me!'s major label debut, 2007's New Wave, and the excerpt above is of Laura talking about the accusations at the time of "selling out." You can read the rest of the interview here. Also, keep up with Laura's new advice column at Noisey.
List of Against Me! dates below...
photo: Against Me! in Chicago in 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan)
Against Me! have a ton of upcoming tour dates, including international runs with Roger Harvey / Caves and Joyce Manor, and a TBA Brooklyn show during Northside Festival. Singer Laura Jane Grace also has two upcoming solo shows, LA and NYC.
The shows are billed as "Laura Jane Grace presents Killing Me Loudly, an evening of existential dread, fiending, and gender dysphoria in the brilliance of life's headlights." The LA show happens May 22 at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (tickets) and the NYC show happens May 25 at City Winery (tickets). Flyers for both shows, and list of tour dates, below.
Against Me! are also releasing the "Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ" 7" on Record Store Day (4/18) with a live version of the track, and the previously-unreleased "Extra Dysphoric Version."
Brooklyn punks Worriers wrapped up a tour with Against Me! last month, and now they're in the studio with AM! singer Laura Jane Grace working on the followup to 2013's Don Giovanni-released Cruel Optimist. LJG is producing, and among the musicians playing on the record is drummer Mikey Erg.
Worriers are on board for the upcoming She Shreds Magazine NYC showcase (hosted by Don Giovanni Records) happening April 3 at Knitting Factory. It's a great lineup all around with Mirah, Slothrust, Aye Nako, Mal Blum and DJ SAD 13 (aka Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis). Tickets are on sale now.
Worriers last played the Knitting Factory at the Don Giovanni showcase there in February. Watch a video of them playing a new song at that show, below...
Against Me! at Webster Hall in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
This past spring, it was announced that Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace would be launching a new reality series on AOL called True Trans which tells the story of her life as a transgender person, as well as the stories of "other members of the trans community whose experiences are woefully underrepresented and misunderstood in the media." The first four episodes have now premiered. You can watch the first episode below and the other three at AOL.
by Andrew Sacher
Against Me! at Webster Hall in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
What happened with Jay? I know he was a big fan before he joined, and he always seemed so thrilled to be in the band. When I saw him play with the band, he was always mouthing the lyrics while drumming.You may remember that Against Me!'s lineup changed during the Transgender Dysphoria Blues sessions, including the departure of drummer Jay Weinberg (son of E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg), who quit via Twitter without explanation, as the SPIN interview quoted above points out. Jay (who also is/was in Hesitation Wounds with Touche Amore singer Jeremy Bolm) was recently announced as the new Slipknot drummer, and as Property of Zack points out, AM! singer Laura Jane Grace has since tweeted her best wishes to the band: "Dear Slipknot, good luck with that. #shitbag."
To be honest, I have no idea. He never said a word. I just woke up one morning and read on Twitter that he was leaving the band.
Never talked to him since. [SPIN]
Against Me! were recently in NYC for a last-minute intimate midnight show at Baby's All Right this past Sunday (9/14) after their big NJ and Philly shows with The Gaslight Anthem and Jimmy Eat World. They went on closer to 1 AM than midnight, but even though one would assume the majority of the crowd would be getting up for work or school in the next few hours, the place was sold out, packed and mostly going absolutely nuts for the whole set. LJG was in skeleton facepaint for the show, and in great spirits, interacting with more than one of the crowd members who ran up on stage during their set.
In other AM!-related news, another former drummer Warren Oakes' new band Sunshine State released a new song today.
Against Me! put out six studio albums in the past 12 years, and arguably just keep getting better. Brooklyn's Life of Agony put out classic metalcore album "River Runs Red" in 1993, two more albums before 1998, and then just continued to reunite every so often without new material, not counting their short-lived attempt at a comeback with their mostly-ignored new album on Epic in 2005. Nobody should be surprised then that Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel's transformation to Laura Jane Grace received tons of attention, while LOA's Keith Caputo's transformation to Mina Caputo received much less (it was cool of Laura to have Mina open some shows for her though).
I think most Life of Agony fans thought LOA was finished for good. They already aren't an active band, and it's just hard to imagine Mina Caputo fronting LOA at this point. Maybe Against Me!'s success at making it work inspired them though, because earlier this year LOA announced they would return to the stage with Mina to play some European festivals (they were always bigger in Europe), and now a local show is officially happening too...
Life of Agony will play Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on Saturday, September 13th. Tickets on sale Friday, July 18th at noon.
All dates are listed below...
Against Me! @ Webster Hall - 5/3/14
Against Me! are continuing to support their great new album Transgender Dysphoria Blues on a new tour with Tony Molina and Big Eyes which kicked off this past week and hit NYC on Saturday (5/3), first at Webster Hall and then a surprise late show at Saint Vitus. As you might imagine, both shows had tons of crowd surfers and everyone singing along. Well matched openers too -- the catchy punk of Big Eyes and Tony Molina's short bursts of Weezer worship with Thin Lizzy leads. Pictures of the Webster Hall show are in this post.
More pics, with a full set video of the Vitus show and the setlists from both, below...
Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) came out as transgender back in 2012 and has since released a new AM! album that often touches on the matter, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, and toured extensively in support of it. Now, Laura is getting a reality series on AOL which tells her story, as well as the stories of "other members of the trans community whose experiences are woefully underrepresented and misunderstood in the media." Check out the trailer video for the series HERE.
Against Me! are about to kick off another tour, this time with Tony Molina and Big Eyes. It begins in North Carolina on Thursday (5/1) and hits NYC on Saturday (5/3) at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
Updated dates are listed below...
photos by Lance Nelson, words by Andrew Sacher
Michigan rockers Cheap Girls are set to release their fourth album, Famous Graves on May 13 (pre-order). It's their first for Xtra Mile Recordings after leaving Rise Records, and sees them back with longtime producer/engineer Rick Johnson after 2012's Laura Jane Grace-produced Giant Orange. The band's sound hasn't changed much, still enamored with the alt-rock and power pop sounds of the '90s, but they continue to hone their songwriting, resulting in some of their best material yet.
Cheap Girls are touring with Against Me! soon, and as discussed, both of those bands will come to Austin for SXSW where they'll play the BrooklynVegan showcase at Red 7 Patio on Wednesday, March 12 with Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Frameworks, Placeholder and special guest opener Harvey Sid Fisher (7 PM doors).
Ahead of the tour, I spoke to bassist/vocalist Ian Graham via IM about the new record, their new label, their favorite NYC shows they've played, their relationship with Against Me! and more. We've also got a set of pictures of the band from the Famous Graves recording sessions in this post. More of those pictures, the interview, list of tour dates, and more, below...
by Andrew Sacher
"Against Me! Top 25 lifetime concert, truly epic." - Steve Brown
Against Me! @ MHOW - 1/9/14 (via Tito Belis)
Against Me! are just a week away from their release of their anticipated new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, their first since singer Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) came out as transgender, and the first on their own Total Treble Music label after two major label releases. The melodic, anthemic punk that made their much of their earlier material so vital is intact here, and the heartbreaking reality that Laura delivers in her lyrics makes for some of their most powerful moments yet. You can now listen to the album in full ahead of its release date at NPR.
Late last week, Against Me! brought their tour with The Sidekicks and The Shondes to NYC for a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (moved from Rough Trade) on Thursday (1/9). Their 20+ song set included half of the new record, plus a ton of stuff from throughout their back catalog including old favorites like "Sink, Florida, Sink" and "We Laugh at Danger (And Break All the Rules)." The NY Times caught the show and wrote:
Laura Jane Grace, the frontwoman of the punk band Against Me!, introduced all the new songs by name on Thursday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, as the singer of a band with a new album generally does, and should do.Watch a video of the band playing the new album's "Black Me Out" at the MHOW show, along with their setlist, below...
"This one's called 'True Trans Souuuuullll Rebel,' " she said. It's a vicious and beautiful number from the band's new album, "Transgender Dysphoria Blues," and appealingly peppy, too. From the opening verse:
All dressed up and nowhere to go
You're walking the streets all alone
Another night to wish you could forget
Making yourself up as you go along
As discussed, Against Me! are finally set to release their new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues -- their first since singer Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender -- on January 21, and now they've announced that they'll support it with a tour surrounding its release which kicks off in Pittsburgh on New Year's Eve. Opening on the whole tour will be two similarly anthemic bands, The Sidekicks and The Shondes, and that tour hits NYC at Brooklyn's new Rough Trade on January 9. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/6) at noon.
All dates, including stops in New Haven and Asbury Park, are listed, along with a stream of "FUCKMYLIFE666" from the upcoming LP, below...
Against Me! at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)
Against Me! have been talking about their new album Transgender Dysphoria Blues for a while now, and it's finally set to come out on January 21. It's the first album since singer Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) came out as transgender. Earlier this year Laura released acoustic versions of two of its tracks, "FUCKMYLIFE666" and "True Trans Soul Rebel," and now Against Me! have put out the full band version of "FUCKMYLIFE666."
Check it out below...
by Andrew Sacher
Joan Jett at Riot Fest Chicago earlier this month (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts haven't released a new album since 2006's Sinner, but that will change next week (9/30) when its followup, Unvarnished, comes out via their own Blackheart Records. For the album, she got some help from friends like Dave Grohl and Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace, in addition to her Blackhearts bandmates. It doesn't do much to change her hard rock formula, but at this point in her career, there's nothing wrong with more fun, trademark-sounding songs. You can stream the album in full (via USA Today) below.
Joan will be doing some shows around its release, including a just-announced intimate release show in NYC on Wednesday, October 2 at Santos Party House. Tickets for the tiny show go on sale today (9/26) at noon. Tickets come with the new album on CD and a poster.
All dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
photos by Lukas Hodge
Laura Jane Grace @ Knitting Factory - 8/15/13
The tour first hit NYC last night (8/15) for a sold out show at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Both last night's show and tonight's show were/are being opened by another transgender punk singer, Mina Caputo (formerly Keith Caputo of Life of Agony), and Allison Weiss. Pictures and a video from last night's show are in this post.
To preview the new Against Me! album and this tour, the band released a two-track free EP on their website. It's no longer available to download, but take a listen to the powerful closing track, "True Trans Soul Rebel," along with more pictures and the video from the Knitting Factory show, below...
Against Me! at FYF Fest 2012 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) recently finished tracking the new Against Me! record, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, and while we're still waiting on an album release date, she announced that she'll be doing some shows this year billed as "Laura Jane Grace Sings the Transgender Dysphoria Blues." Those shows include NYC dates on August 15 at Knitting Factory and August 16 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, June 12. The Knitting Factory show at 10 AM and the Bowery Ballroom show at noon.
In related news, Mina Caputo (formerly known as Keith Caputo of Brooklyn's Life of Agony) has been playing out in NYC a lot lately and just released a NSFW new video for a new song and the launch of an indiegogo fundraising campaign.
All currently known Laura Jane Grace dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Bad Religion at Irving Plaza in 2010 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Melodic punks Bad Religion will release their sixteenth album, True North, on January 22 via Epitaph, but have just revealed an advance stream of the entire thing which you can listen to below. It doesn't sound too different from the other records they've done since reuniting with Brett Gurewitz (everything from 2002's The Process of Belief on) which is probably a good thing if you're a Bad Religion fan, and it's pretty impressive for any band to be doing 30+ years into their career.
Bad Religion will support the album on a tour with Against Me! and Polar Bear Club this March and April. That tour hits NYC at Terminal 5 on March 26. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (1/18) at noon. UPDATE: They also play a NYC area show on March 23 at Wellmont Theatre and tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/18) at noon.
Against Me! are also planning a new album this year, called Transgender Dysphoria Blues, which is still without an exact release date. You can watch a video of Laura Jane Grace performing the title track at a solo show below.
That video, a list of all currently known dates and the album stream below...