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PUNK | Against Me! 

It is hard to imagine any band that is more intriguing right now than Against Me! Established in 1997 by singer-guitarist Laura Jean Grace — then known as Tom Gabel — Against Me! has had its share of ups (a major record deal) and downs (the departures of several key band members) but has managed to create a steady catalogue of intelligent, emotive punk. The Florida-based quartet's latest release "Transgender Dysphoria Blues" — influenced by Grace's 2012 coming out as a transitioning transgender person — feels like a landmark album from a band that has found its muse. Among the tunes is "Unconditional Love" with the sing-along chorus, "Even if your love was unconditional, it still wouldn't be enough to save me." Few groups can sound as sincere when expressing complicated, heart-wrenching emotions.

Against Me! performs Saturday, May 10, at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N Water Street. 7 p.m. $20.;

Also, Laura Jane Grace tweeted that Against Me! will do a meet and greet at Record Archive, 33 1/3 Rockwood Street, at 4:30 p.m., May 10.


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