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Punk music comes from all over the country (and the world, really), but in the case of Against Me!, it hails from Florida—first Naples and then Gainesville. Seventeen-year-old Tom Gabel began the band as a solo project but would perform live with others. Four years later, in 2001, Against Me! became a full band playing high-energy shows with the addition of another guitarist, a drummer and a bassist. Since then there have been a number of changes, periodically concerning personnel—although the singer-songwriter and folk-inflected punk have remained central—but the band garnered a considerable amount of attention when Gabel began performing live as Laura Jane Grace two years ago. Their sixth album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues (stream it below), out earlier this year, deals with gender transition. The A.V. Club calls it “the strong, strident sound of a heart-on- sleeve artist owning her newfound epiphany,” going on to add, “Grace may be changing, but so is everyone. What could be more universal than that?” But the fact remains that regardless of being fronted by a man or a woman, Against Me! (above, playing “Fuckmylife666” on Late Show with David Letterman) are a band not to miss. See them play Webster Hall tomorrow night. Tony Molina and Big Eyes open the show.
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.