Critics Pick: Against Me! at Mr. Smalls | Music | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

[PUNK] + SUN., OCT. 8

Punk-rock band Against Me! has been around since the late 1990s, when a couple of teenagers came together in Gainesville, Fla., to sing about anarchism and social injustices. The band has chugged along consistently over the years, but made waves, in 2012, when lead singer Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender. Since then, the focus has shifted to include the trials and triumphs of trans stories, among the accounts of social injustices, with 2014’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues. The latest album Shape Shift With Me continues the themes by tackling physically invasive airport security, as well as heartbreak and suicide bombers. Against Me! will be joined at Mr. Smalls by the pop-punk women of Los Angeles’ Bleached.

400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $22. All ages. 412-821-4447 or


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