Against Me!

When the news broke earlier this year that Against Me! singer Tom Gabel was coming out as transgender, undergoing gender reassignment therapy to live as a woman, and taking the name Laura Jane Grace, it came as a surprise (lyrics of "The Ocean" notwithstanding)—but not exactly as a shock. That's because Against Me!'s punk rock songs, whether screaming hoarse over scrappy acoustic guitar and bucket drums or with a slick full pop punk band, have always come from an anarcho-punk perspective that inseparably ties personal liberation and self-discovery to larger political aims and concerns, and within the often macho world of punk rock, Gabel/Grace stood out as a thoughtful, self-critical seeker. It's going to be thrilling to see where they go next. With Andrew Jackson Jihad, Joyce Manor. ERIC GRANDY

Thu., Sept. 6, 8 p.m., 2012

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