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Against Me! Nervous Energies Session

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 5, 2014

Nervous Energies have released a new session with Against Me!. Check out performances of “Shivers” and “Borne On The FM Waves Of The Heart” below after the jump.

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Against Me! Already Working On New Music

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 31, 2014

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Against Me!'s Atom Willard was recently interviewed regarding Transgender Dysphoria Blues, and mentioned that the band is already working on new music. Check out the full interview here and a snippet below after the jump.

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Against Me! Announce May US Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 26, 2014

Against Me! will be touring the US in May with Tony Molina and Big Eyes. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Against Me! To Announce Tour With Tony Molina, Big Eyes

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 26, 2014

Against Me! will be announcing a tour with Tony Molina and Big Eyes today or today. Check out a poster below after the jump.

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Against Me! Take “True Trans,” “FUCKMYLIFE666” Acoustic

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 20, 2014

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Against Me! recently filmed acoustic version of “True Trans Soul Rebel” and “FUCKMYLIFE666.” Check out the videos below after the jump.

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Against Me! Release “Black Me Out” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 14, 2014

Against Me! have released a new music video for “Black Me Out.” Watch the video below after the jump.

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Laura Jane Grace Banquet In-Store Session

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 6, 2014

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Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! recently played an in-store session at Banquet Records in the UK. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Against Me!, Touché Amoré, The Front Bottoms SXSW Showcase

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 20, 2014

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Against Me!, Touché Amoré, The Front Bottoms, Cheap Girls, Frameworks, and Placeholder will be playing BrooklynVegan’s SXSW Showcase on March 12th. Check out details below after the jump.

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Against Me! Planning On Finishing Unreleased ‘TDB’ Demos

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 17, 2014

Against Me! have several unfinished songs from the Transgender Dysphoria Blues sessions that they apparently plan on finishing up and releasing. Check out what Laura Jane Grace said in a Reddit AMA below after the jump.

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Against Me! Release “FUCKMYLIFE666” Lyric Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 7, 2014

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Against Me! have released a new lyric video for “FUCKMYLIFE666.” Watch the video below after the jump. 

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by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 6, 2014

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Against Me! will be going on a spring headlining tour in March and April with Cheap Girls and Laura Stevenson. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Against Me! Announcing Spring Tour Tomorrow

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 5, 2014

Against Me! will be announcing a spring tour tomorrow. Check out a tweet from the band below after the jump.

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Against Me! “FUCKMYLIFE666” On Letterman

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 31, 2014

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Against Me! performed “FUCKMYLIFE666” on Letterman this week. Watch the performance below after the jump.

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by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 28, 2014

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by Erik van Rheenen

Laura Jane Grace came out as a transgender woman a pair of summers ago in a watershed interview with Rolling Stone, having grappled with gender dysphoria throughout her entire life. The first record Against Me! released since Grace courageously shared her coming out story, my first few listens to Transgender Dysphoria Blues also reminded me of a different interview — one where Grace conversed with Grantland about drunkenly confessing her gender dysphoria to The Lawrence Arms’ Brendan Kelly two years before her Rolling Stone interview went to print. “Blackout drunk, I confessed to him,” Grace states in the interview. “I told him everything I was going through, and that I didn’t know what I was going to do.”
 
And that’s just the kind of record Transgender Dysphoria Blues is — wholly unapologetic, unabashedly honest, and incredibly poignant. Like the sharply pointed political statements of Against Me! albums past, Blues is downright blunt in its statements, relentless in its refusal to tiptoe around its subject matter. Starting with a signature rollicking Atom Willard drum beat (the recording of Blues marked an Against Me! lineup in flux), “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” kicks in listeners’ teeth a hot-blooded vocal turn from Grace that, well, it just fucking rocks. Grace sings lines like “You’ve got no cunt in your strut/You’ve got no hips to shake” with brutal, vocal cord-rending honesty. Though Grace frames Blues in terms of a concept record spinning the yarn of a transgender prostitute, it’s tough to listen to the title track and not think of Grace’s struggle for “them to see you like any other girl,” and Grace’s imagery of a ragged summer dress and a rocky coastline cut as deeply as the jagged guitar riff from Against Me! mainstay James Bowman.
 
Blues rarely lets off the gas pedal during its half-hour sprint, and when the record does decide to take a few breaths, those more reflective tracks mark some of the most emotionally cuts in the Against Me! discography. The clarity of Grace’s harrowing lyrics, waxing on her fear of loss, on the acoustic “Two Coffins” sent me reeling and reaching to my pocket for a tissue, and it’s hard to shake the heartache when Against Me! tackles self-doubt and discovery (“FUCKMYLIFE666”) through a pop-punk lens that falls pretty closely to the more hook-heavy end of the spectrum, and a reflection on losing a friend (“Dead Friend”) played with a power-pop touch.

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