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Laura Jane Grace @ Knitting Factory - 8/15/13
Allison Weiss, Mina Caputo, Laura Jane Grace @ The Knitting Factory - 8/15/2013

Ahead of the new Against Me! album, singer Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) headed out on a solo tour that wraps up in NYC tonight (8/16) at Bowery Ballroom (tickets).

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...

Continue reading "Laura Jane Grace (of Against Me!), Mina Caputo & Allison Weiss played Knitting Factory (pics), play NYC again tonight"

Tom Gabel

Following in the footsteps of Life of Agony's Keith Caputo (who now goes by Mina), Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel is coming out as transgender. Rolling Stone reports:

Against Me! singer Tom Gabel reveals plans to begin living as a woman in the new issue of Rolling Stone. Gabel, who has dealt privately with gender dysphoria for years, will soon begin the process of transition, by taking hormones and undergoing electrolysis treatments.

Gabel will eventually take the name Laura Jane Grace, and will remain married to her wife Heather. "For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she would accept the news," says Gabel. "But she's been super-amazing and understanding."

Against Me! will soon hit the road with The Cult and hit Terminal 5 in NYC along the way.

Tom recently played two shows in NYC as part of the Revival Tour with Chuck Ragan and others.

Chuck Ragan's band Hot Water Music has some shows coming up and a new album.

Revival Tour-mates (photo by daveysaurusrex)
Revival Tour

At some point the Chuck Ragan-led Revival Tour added a 2nd NYC show, which still has tickets available, happening after the sold out first one tonight (3/30). Playing the late show is: Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music), Dan Andriano (of Alkaline Trio), Tommy Gabel (of Against Me!), Cory Branan, and Jenny Owen Youngs who plays Mercury Lounge earlier in the evening.

by Andrew Sacher

Hot Water Music
Hot Water Music

Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music) is taking The Revival Tour 2012 across the US and Canada this March and April. Like past Revival Tours, the shows feature a number of singers (usually of the punk scene) and their acoustic instruments collaborating on stage in a traditional folk music fashion. This year's tour hits NYC on March 30 at Bowery Ballroom, and in addition to Chuck Ragan, features Dan Andriano (of Alkaline Trio), Tommy Gabel (of Against Me!), and Lucero-associate Cory Branan. Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/4) at noon. The Revival tour also has ticket bundle options available with tour samplers, vinyls, posters, and more.

Nathaniel Rateliff, who released his debut album back in 2010, is on a number of the dates too, but unfortunately will not play at the Bowery Ballroom show. However, he will play in NYC one day before that show as part of the Communion-presented "Austin to Boston" tour, which kicks off at this year's SXSW in Austin. That tour hits Mercury Lounge on March 29 and also includes Ben Howard, The Staves, and Bear's Den. Tickets are on sale now.

Chuck Ragan's band Hot Water Music, who have been reunited since 2008, have announced that they're working on their first new album since the reunion and since 2004's The New What Next. They've been recording the album with Bill Stevenson (Descendents) and it should see the light of day this May on Rise Records, the label they signed to over the summer. Hot Water Music released the single "The Fire, The Steel, The Tread," b/w "Up to Nothing" in September of 2011. There's no word of whether or not these songs will appear on the new album, but you can stream them both below.

Hot Water Music have a few shows scheduled in 2012 including Bamboozle in Asbury Park, NJ and SXSW. Single day passes for 5/19 when HWM plays Bamboozle, along with The Promise Ring, A$AP Rocky, Action Bronson, and others, are on sale now. HWM doesn't have many other shows announced at the moment but maybe they'll schedule a NYC show when they're in the area for Bamboozle like The Promise Ring did.

All dates, streams, and tour fliers below...

Continue reading "Revival Tour announced w/ Chuck Ragan, Tom Gabel, Dan Andriano & Nathaniel Rateliff (who has his own dates too)"

by Black Bubblegum (though not even close to metal)

SIHF

Last month, indie rock blog Productshop NYC shuttered it's doors (RIP) to make way for Stories In High Fidelity, a place "for bands, record stores, labels and writers to share their stories, tour diaries, memories and so much more", a sort of "Huffington Post of music", if you will. To celebrate the launch, the site lined up a cocktail of noteworthy music writers like Chuck Klosterman (Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs, Fargo Rock City), Dan Kennedy (Rock On: An Office Power Ballad), Rob Sheffield (Love Is A Mix Tape) and Marc Spitz (We Got The Neutron Bomb) along with musical guests Rocketship Park and a full headlining set by Jaymay. The "pre-CMJ extranvaganza" will be held at Highline Ballroom on Oct 20th, tickets are on sale.

After Highline Ballroom, Jaymay will hit the road with The Hotel Cafe tour... and although she won't be in NYC when the tour rolls through town at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Thao Nguyen will, along with Rachael Yamagata, Meiko, Emily Wells, & Samantha Crain. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale. Full tour dates are below.

Compare/Contrast Hotel Cafe's lineup to the "singer/songwriter" one at the Blender tonight (10/13) with Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Ben Nichols (Lucero), Tim Barry (Avail), and Frank Turner. Tickets are still available. "Chuck Ragan The Revival Tour" will be scooting through the US through mid-November, including a date at the Fun Fun Fun Fest with a shit-ton of great bands (but no Flipper), and a string of dates with Tom Gabel of Against Me! (who recently played a solo show of his own).

Thao Nguyen recently ate books with Paul Simon, Department Of Eagles, Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone, Parker Posey, Ira Glass, Bobby Cannavale and Patricia Clarkson.

All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Hotel Cafe vs Chuck Ragan The Revival - 2008 tour dates, Jaymay, Thao Nguyen, & Stories in High Fidelity"

By Andrew Frisicano

Tom GabelHeads up on the Against Me/ Ted Leo/ Future of the Left shows this weekend, Friday at Starland Ballroom and Saturday at Webster Hall. As of Thursday afternoon, tickets for both Friday and Saturday are still available.

Against Me's Tom Gabel will also be performing a free acoustic in-store at Generation Records (210 Thompson St between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts) on Saturday at 4PM for those lucky enough to get on the now-full list. If you didn't, luckily Generation Records was kind enough to reserve 5 spots for BV readers. Email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Against Me) if you want in. Include your first and last name. Winners will be contacted.

BTW, Trail of Dead will be playing an in-store at Generation Records soon too.

Tom Gabel is also playing a solo show at the Knitting Factory in NYC on November 20th (Tix) in support of his first "solo" record, Heart Burns EP, out October 28th on Sire Records. The show is also the last date of an almost-month long solo tour. All dates are listed below. Those hoping for a return to old-style acoustic AM! can check out the posted tracks, recorded by New Wave producer Butch Vig, on Gabel's MySpace. We've also got a video below.

Ted Leo R/X recently released a "hastily written and recorded" four-song EP, Rapid Response to benefit Democracy Now! and Minneapolis Food Not Bombs. It's available digitally, for $4, at Touch and Go.

Check out the BV archives for more on Future of the Left. All Tom Gabel dates below...

Continue reading "Tom Gabel playing solo in a store (win a spot), on album & on tour ++ Against Me!, Ted Leo & FOTL are here"