Laura Jane Grace Fucks Up A Monitor In Kansas City

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 15, 2014

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If you were at the Against Me! show last night, things got wild. Due to intense monitor feedback, Laura Jane Grace ended up smashing her stage monitor with her mic stand, which was then followed by an impromptu acoustic set. Check out tweets and videos below.

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Laura Jane Grace: 10 Questions It’s Never OK To Ask A Transgender Person

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 23, 2014

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Laura Jane Grace took part in a BuzzFeed feature shedding light on 10 Questions It’s Never OK To Ask A Transgender Person. It’s truly worth a full  read, but you can see a few of the questions below.

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Laura Jane Calls Jay Weinberg A #ShitBag As He Joins Slipknot As New Drummer

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 18, 2014

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Update: Laura Jane has expanded her comments.

Laura Jane Grace took to Twitter to wish Slipknot luck with their new drummer, Jay Weinberg. Check out a tweet from Grace below. 

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Against Me! Planning A Live Album; Laura Jane Writing A Book

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 11, 2014

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Against Me! are planning on a live album for a release next year. Laura Jane Grace is also working on a book. Read an interview with Exclaim here or a snippet below after the jump.

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Laura Jane Grace Strips Down “True Trans Soul Rebel,” “Dead Friend”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 28, 2014

Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! recently stripped down “True Trans Soul Rebel” and “Dead Friend.” Watch videos below after the jump.

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Laura Jane Grace, Tegan And Sara Appearing On ‘Trailblazers’ LGBT Special

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 4, 2014

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Laura Jane Grace and Tegan And Sara will be appearing on Trailblazers' special on LGBT rights on June 26th. Check out details from Billboard below after the jump.

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Arcade Fire Respond To Laura Jane Grace’s “We Exist” Complaints; LJG Further Comments

by Zack Zarrillo - May 26, 2014

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Arcade Fire’s new music video for “We Exist” features Andrew Garfield (Amazing Spider-Man) dressed up with a wig and a dress on. Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! called out the band on Twitter last week over transgender related issues. Win Butler and the band have now responded in a new article over Grace’s concerns, and Grace has since commented on that. See all below after the jump.

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Laura Jane Grace: Coming Out Made Me A Better Person

by Zack Zarrillo - May 24, 2014

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Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! recently spoke to MSNBC, and commented about how coming out has made her a better person. Read the quote below after the jump.

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Laura Jane Grace Calls Out Arcade Fire For “We Exist” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - May 22, 2014

Arcade Fire’s new music video for “We Exist” features Andrew Garfield (Amazing Spider-Man) dressed up with a wig and a dress on. Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! called out the band on Twitter for having Garfield dress up for the video instead of using an actual trans actor. Read the tweet below after the jump.

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Laura Jane Grace Launches ‘So Much More’ Series

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 29, 2014

Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! will have a series on AOL called So Much More that relates to her story of coming out as a woman. Watch a trailer here and read a description below after the jump.

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POZ Review: Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues

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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A True Trans Soul Rebel

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 19, 2014

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Grantland posted an excellent article earlier this week titled A True Trans Soul Rebel. The piece features extensive commentary from Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace on her transition and the band's new album. Read the full piece here and a part of it below after the jump.

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Against Me! Finally Announce ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 24, 2013

Against Me! will be self-releasing Transgender Dysphoria Blues on January 21st via their own Total Treble label. You can check out the NSFW artwork and track listing for the long-awaited record below after the jump.

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Laura Jane Grace On How Transgender Journey Made Her Enjoy Performing Again

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 23, 2013

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Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! recently spoke about how her transgender journey has made her enjoy performing music live again. Check out part of the interview here and a snippet below after the jump.

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Laura Jane Grace Victim Of Five Guitars Being Stolen

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 14, 2013

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Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! had five guitars stolen from her just a few days ago. Check out a tweet from Grace below after the jump.

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