Formed nearly 30 years ago, the post-punk band the Cult first gained popularity in their native England before doing the same in the US several years later. As can be expected of a group that’s been around this long, there have been multiple lineup changes and even a couple of breakups and reunions—but frontman Ian Astbury and guitarist Bill Duffy have remained constants throughout. But rather than perform as a nostalgia act, the Cult (above, doing “Honey from a Knife”) continues to make new music, including the recently released Choice of Weapon.
Against Me!, out of Gainesville, Fla., has gone through some interesting changes since Tom Gabel founded the group as a punk-rock solo project in 1997. The band eventually became a four-piece playing high-energy shows, but Against Me! (below, performing “The Ocean”) has since garnered mainstream attention as Gabel has begun performing live as Laura Jane Grace. No matter whether a man or woman fronts the band, Against Me!, opening for the Cult at Terminal 5 on Friday, is not to be missed.