Against Me!

The 25 Best Songs of 2014 So Far

Last week we brought you the top 25 albums of 2014 so far, but we couldn’t let the midyear pass without taking a look at the best songs up until this point. This being a singles list, it’s heavy on your Iggys and your Charlis and your Sias, but you’ll also find choice album cuts from some of the year’s best rock LPs, like EMA, The War on Drugs, Against Me!, and more. And finally, we tossed in a few you may not have heard yet, hopefully inspiring you to check out the underrated tunes that haven’t been critical faves or Hot 100… Read More

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The 25 Best Albums of 2014 So Far

It’s getting toward the end of June, which means… mid-year list time! It’s been a strange year for music thus far, with plenty to like but relatively little to love, and as a result, our annual state-of-the-year-in-progress list is an eclectic affair, encompassing genres as diverse as studies on an imagined pseudo-China, dystopian futurist pop, food-centric neo-soul, and an epic triple album that’s likely to generate a panic attack and/or an existential crisis. And strangest of all, perhaps, hip hop from… Read More

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13 Things We Learned From Laura Jane Grace’s Reddit AMA

Florida’s Against Me! have been performing in various incarnations for over 15 years. In 2012, however, the band made headlines for reasons other than their music: its frontwoman, Laura Jane Grace, came out publicly as a trans woman and began her transition. 2013′s Transgender Dysphoria Blues explicitly addresses Grace’s experiences, and yesterday, she took to Reddit to tell her fans all about them. We’ve collected the highlights of Grace’s candid, informative Q&A, … Read More

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Watch Against Me! Tear Up Letterman

Against Me! played The Late Show With David Letterman last night, and tore shit up with a great rendition of “FuckMyLife666″… Read More

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25 Women Poised to Lead the Culture in 2014

Look: I don’t like writing these lists either. I long for the day in which I will no longer have to write them, when women will just be the people participating in the culture as full human beings like everyone else, because the culture will have quit giving disproportionate airtime to the other gender. In the meantime: Don’t listen to the old fogeys who insist that the reason women don’t make a lot of noise in the culture is that they do unremarkable work. You just don’t hear enough about the remarkable work. Here are 25 women who will do great things this… Read More

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Against Me!’s ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’ Is a Bracing Rock Album and a Courageous Manifesto

In some ways, it feels presumptuous to pass any judgment on Against Me!’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues, for the simple reason that it catalogs an experience to which, as a cisgender person, I am inherently unable to fully comprehend. It’s an album that, as its title suggests, is deeply informed by singer Laura Jane Grace’s transition from living as a man to living as a woman. Clearly, it’s not for me to say how reflective Grace’s songs are of any wider transgender experience. But the album is also deeply relatable in a more generally human sense — it’s the story of a person coming to terms with who she is, something that’s not easy for anyone, let alone someone who finds she doesn’t identify with the gender she’s been assigned.

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The 5 Albums You Need to Hear in January

Hello, 2014! The early part of this year is looking pretty damn good as far as album releases go, but this month not so much — it’s something of a slow start, with most of the notable releases coming in February and March. But, nevertheless, there are still a bunch of albums worth putting on your post-Christmas shopping list, and here are five such records, along with our usual brief roundup of everything else of note that’ll be in stores and/or on iTunes over the coming weeks. Let us know what you’re getting excited about! … Read More

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Flavorwire’s 15 Most Anticipated Albums of 2014

With year-end listomania pretty much over and done with, it’s time to turn our attention to the year to come — and, specifically, which albums we’re most looking forward to hearing in 2014. So far, it’s shaping up very nicely indeed, thanks — there’s the return of a whole lot of artists who we’ve been waiting to hear from for up to four-and-a-half decades, along with debuts from exciting new talents. Here’s what’s gonna be on our shopping list once we pay off the debts of the “festive” season. … Read More

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