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Photos: Project Pabst 2015

Project Pabst took place this past weekend in Portland’s South Waterfront District, and the lineup boasted a collection of acts both young and old. Blondie, the Buzzcocks, Weezer, TV On The Radio, Run The Jewels, Passion Pit, Against Me! and more performed in the stifling heat over the course of two days. Colin McLaughlin captured… More »

By: Stereogum / July 20, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Listen To Laura Jane Grace On Marc Maron’s WTF

Laura Jane Grace is the latest guest on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast — not as big of a get as Barack Obama a few weeks back, but still a pretty big deal. They talked about her military family upbringing, transphobia in the punk scene, Against Me!’s history, the pressure to label yourself when you’re i… More »

By: James Rettig / July 6, 2015 - 9:51 am

Watch Miley Cyrus Sing “True Trans Soul Rebel” With Against Me!

Miley Cyrus recently started the Happy Hippie Foundation, an organization to benefit homeless and LGBTQ kids. And last week, as part of that initiative, she posted video of herself, along with Joan Jett and Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, playing a feelgood backyard acoustic cover of the Replacements’ “Androgynous.” This is about the most… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 10, 2015 - 6:48 am

Against Me! – “Two Coffins” Video

Against Me!’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues was one of last year’s best albums, and “Two Coffins,” a cheerful acoustic number about realizing and accepting that you and your kid are both going to be dead someday, was one of its best songs. Like the album tracks “Black Me Out” and “Drinking With The Jocks” before it,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 21, 2015 - 1:29 pm

Miley Cyrus Might Be Recording With Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace

Teenage homelessness has been a pet issue for Miley Cyrus for a while. She took a homeless kid named Jesse Helt as her date to the VMAs last year, and she recently established a foundation called Happy Hippie to help out. In her efforts, she’s made an unlikely ally in Against Me! leader Laura Jane… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 16, 2015 - 11:36 am

Laura Jane Grace Reviews 2014: The Against Me! Leader On Transitioning In Public, Getting To Know Her Fans, And Seeing A Ghost

Since coming out as transgender in 2012, Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace has been living in a kind of whirlwind, having not only spent the past two years navigating her new identity under the watchful gaze of the public, but also touring nonstop in support of one of the year’s best albums Transgender Dysphoria Blues,… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / December 17, 2014 - 10:44 am

The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

By: Stereogum / December 2, 2014 - 9:39 am

Owen – “Borne On The FM Waves Of The Heart” (Against Me! Cover)

Indie rock veteran Mike Kinsella is releasing an acoustic covers album later this year called Other People’s Songs under his Owen moniker. We’ve already heard his take on the Smoking Popes’ “Under The Blanket,” and now he’s shared his version of Against Me!’s “Borne On The FM Waves Of The Heart,” which Laura Jane Grace… More »

By: James Rettig / October 15, 2014 - 6:41 pm

Watch The First Four Episodes Of AOL’s True Trans With Laura Jane Grace

Earlier this year, AOL announced that they would be producing a reality series that focused on Against Me! lead singer Laura Jane Grace. The series, called True Trans, premiered today with its first four episodes. It follows Grace through her childhood, her band’s rise to fame, and her coming out and finding a place i… More »

By: James Rettig / October 10, 2014 - 10:39 am

Laura Jane Grace Slams Ex-Against Me!/New Slipknot Drummer

Laura Jane Grace has responded to rumors that ex-Against Me! member Jay Weinberg has joined Slipknot as their newest drummer. “Dear Slipknot, good luck with that. #shitbag,” she said, kicking off a series of tweets about the former drummer. Weinberg announced that he was leaving the band in a tweet during the 2012 recording sessio… More »

By: James Rettig / September 19, 2014 - 11:33 am

Osheaga 2014: Lorde, The Replacements, HAIM, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, & More

More than most North American cities, Montreal gets it right when it comes to hosting music festivals. Fortunate enough to have a setting like Parc Jean-Drapeau, located in the heart of the city, a five-minute subway ride from downtown, the Canadian city is able to pull off a music-and-arts festival like Osheaga with relative ease. More »

By: Adrien Begrand / August 4, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Against Me! – “Drinking With The Jocks” Video

Against Me!’s incredible recent album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, came in at #7 on our list of the 50 Best Albums Of 2014 So Far, although it’s pretty impossible to force the album into any such context: Our #1 album, Sun Kil Moon’s Benji, is no less confessional or confrontational than TDB, but songwriters have bee… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 19, 2014 - 11:14 am

Laura Jane Grace Responds To Arcade Fire’s Defense Of “We Exist” Video

When Arcade Fire cast Amazing Spinder-Man star Andrew Garfield as a transgender woman in their “We Exist” video, they started a conversation about trans representation that they may not have meant to start. Against Me! leader Laura Jane Grace, a transgender woman, called them out on Twitter: “Maybe when making a video for a song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 27, 2014 - 10:29 am

Laura Jane Grace Criticizes Arcade Fire’s Pro-LGBT “We Exist” Video

The video for “We Exist,” a song from Arcade Fire’s Reflektor album, is the band’s attempt at a massive grand-scale pro-LGBT statement. It casts Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield as a transgender woman who, after suffering a hateful beating, hallucinates her way onto the Coachella main stage. But Against Me! leader Laura Jane Grace, a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Watch A 7th Grader Interview Against Me!

Tuesday night Against Me! played the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, and it was such an awesomely powerful performance that I regret never paying attention to them before Laura Jane Grace’s transition made them a critical cause célèbre. It takes a special band to send that kind of unifying electric charge through a room full… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 15, 2014 - 10:24 am

Preview Laura Jane Grace’s New AOL Reality Series So Much More

AOL is launching a new slate of online reality shows, so clearly the future is now. Snark aside, though, one of those shows is called So Much More, and it stars Laura Jane Grace, one of the few people on this earth interesting enough to warrant a reality show. Grace came out as a transgender… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 30, 2014 - 3:40 pm

Against Me! – “Black Me Out” Video

I didn’t write about Against Me!’s set at the SPIN party at Stubb’s — because obviously Against Me! are great live, duh — but it was the best set I saw during all of SXSW. And now they’ve come out with a video for “Black Me Out,” the furious closer of their wonderful new album… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 17, 2014 - 9:50 am

Watch Against Me! Play Letterman

Last week, Against Me! released Transgender Dysphoria Blues, the greatest and most purposeful rock album I’m heard in some time. Last night, the band played the Late Show With David Letterman, giving an absolutely driven rendition of the album track “Fuckmylife666” and giving many of us our first glimpse of the band’s current touring lineup. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2014 - 8:54 am

Album Of The Week: Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues

I’ve been working for Stereogum for something like two and a half years now, writing literally thousands of blog posts, and I’ll stand by nearly every one of them. But there’s one towering exception. When Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender, I was so totally shocked and taken aback — the leader… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Stream Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Transgender Dysphoria Blues, the new album from the great Florida punk band Against Me!, is their first in four years, and they’re a very different Against Me! from the one who released White Crosses in 2010. The new album is the first since the band left behind the major-label universe, the first since half the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 13, 2014 - 10:08 am
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