Against Me! have seen it all, rising through the ranks to major label success and then stepping away from the machine to run their own career. While the subject of their new song 'Black Me Out' is not clearly stated, it's pretty clear that frontwoman Laura Jane Grace has some discontent to voice.
Norwegian outfit Kvelertak are down a member in the midst of their North American tour, but have moved quickly to find a replacement. Drummer Kjetil Gjermundrod had to bow out of the run after experiencing significant pain in his arm. Rather than continue, the drummer returned home to seek treatment and Kvelertak recruited former Against Me! drummer Jay Weinberg to pound the skins for the remainder of the run.
In May 2012, Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel became frontwoman Laura Jane Grace. The musician publicly came out as transgender, revealing that she had identified as a woman since childhood. After nearly a year of living openly as a female, Grace has written a fascinating and detailed piece of writing documenting her experience since the change.
Only a few days after Against Me! revealed that they were forced to drop off Bad Religion's 2013 North American tour, a brilliant replacement has been announced. Los Angeles punk rock act the Bronx have been confirmed to open the majority of Bad Religion's tour dates, beginning March 22 in Washington D.C.
Punk rock legends Bad Religion are scheduled to begin touring North America on March 8 to promote their 2013 album, 'True North,' and to entertain fans with over three decades worth of quality tunes. Against Me! and Polar Bear Club were set in place to open for Bad Religion, but unfortunately, Against Me! have announced that they must cancel their upcoming appearances.
The transformation of Against Me! singer Tom Gabel into Laura Jane Grace continues to evolve with each passing show. During the band's recent performance at New York's Terminal 5 opening for the Cult, Grace used a cover song, and help from a music icon, to address her transgender transformation.