Against Me! w/ Tony Molina and Big Eyes
2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53233
There was no precedent for Against Me!’s latest album, Transgender Dysophria Blues, the popular punk band’s first album since frontwoman Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender and dropped her birth name Tom Gabel. That’s a difficult enough transition for any person even without the scrunity of the spotlight, but Grace channeled her conflicting emotions (including a whole lot of anger) into Dysophria, a remarkable raw, remarakably alive record that reclaims the spark of the band’s earliest, punkiest material. It’s the bravest, most exciting record of the year.