SXSW Announces The 1975, Against Me!, And More

sxsw_2012-300x118Hard to believe, but SXSW has announced yet another round of new artists, bringing the total to an amazing 2,000-plus acts. But after seeing that the new additions include The 1975, Against Me!, and St. Vincent we have to admit it’s worth expanding an already enormous lineup. Also performing will be Kelis, Damon Albarn, Chromeo, Ingrid Michaelson, Kylesa, Speedy Ortiz, SZA, Lucius, Jacques Green, together PANGEA, Women’s Hour, Betty Who, and Lost in the Trees. You can view the full lineup here (warning: it’s going to take you a while to sift through), and catch SXSW from March 7-16 in Austin, TX.

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Riot Fest Lineup Announced

Chicago’s Riot Fest has become one of the must-attend alternative music festivals of the year. 2013 will be no different, and dare I say it may even be the best year yet.

Breaking around 11pm (EST) last night, May 15, Riot Fest’s initial lineup announcement includes headline performances by Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy. An additional headliner will be revealed in the weeks ahead, but as far as additional confirmed acts go, you can count on seeing The Violent Femmes, Motorhead, Sublime With Rome, Rancid, AFI, Blondie, Public Enemy, Brand New, Flag, Taking Back Sunday, Rocket From The Crypt, Bad Religion, Atmosphere, The Dismemberment Plan, Dinosaur Jr, X, Devotchka, Yellowcard, Screeching Weasel, Pennywise, The Broadways, Against Me!, Bob Mould, Gwar, The Lillingtons, Best Coast, The Lawrence Arms, Say Anything, Bad Brains, Quicksand, The Selecter, Bad Books, Mission Of Burma, The Devil Wears Prada, Saves The Day, Glassjaw, Bayside, Stars, Toots and the Maytals, Peter Hook (performing a Joy Division set!), Smoking Popes, Reggie and the Full Effect, Attack Attack!, The Dear Hunter, Maps and Atlases, Surfer Blood, Chuck Ragan, Dessa, Saul Williams, Empires, Memphiskapheles, Kitten, Peelander-Z, Touche Amore, Masked Intruder, Deal’s Gone Bad, Twin Peaks, Flatfoot 56, and White Mystery.

Pretty awesome, right? Tickets start at $23 a day; the festival is being held September 13 through 15 in Chicago. Buy tickets or see the official website here. (more…)

Laura Jean Grace Discusses Her First Year As A Woman

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since founding Against Me! member Thomas Gabel came forward about his struggles with his sexuality and eventual decision to begin the transformation to becoming a woman. In that time, Laura Jean Grace has become a hero for thousands, if not millions of people around the world with through her open book approach to her transformation. Fans have followed and supported her over the last year, and in a new feature with Cosmopolitan Magazine Laura and her wife speak for the first time in depth about Laura’s first year as a woman. The full article can be read here, but we’ve included an excerpt below for preview purposes:

Going Into Therapy

The closest psychotherapist I was able to find who specialized in gender was in Gainesville, Florida, an 80-mile drive from my home in Saint Augustine. I didn’t want someone to tell me what to do. I knew what I needed to do, and on the drive to my first appointment, I worried about a therapist getting in my head and unraveling whatever it is that gives me the ability to write songs. (more…)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Against Me! Vocalist Tom Gabel To Become Laura Jane Grace

Against Me! vocalist Tom Gabel has announced via Rolling Stone that he will begin the process of becoming a woman, starting with electrolysis treatments and hormone supplements. The singer will later change his name to Laura Jane Grace.

Rolling Stone reports that Gabel is “the first time a major rock star [to] come out as transgender.” Rock stardom aside, let’s not forget others such as Mina Caputo (of Life of Agony) and Dee Palmer (ex-Jethro Tull) announcing that they are transgender in 2011 and 2003, respectively.

You can read more about the story on Rolling Stone‘s website and in the May 11th issue of Rolling Stone, where the full interview with Gabel will be published.

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012