Tonight, starting around 9:45 p.m. Yahoo! Live streaming a concert of the band, Against Me! I’ve never listened to them, but since they’re in the realm of punk I figured it’d be fun to check it out. Follow along below and participate on Twitter using the hashtag #YahooLive.
That was a lot of fun. Awesome that Yahoo! Live does stuff like this and I enjoyed learning about Against Me! Thanks if you followed along.
That’s a wrap. The band exits the stage.
I’m not even a fan, but I love seeing how happy Grace looks on stage and with her fans – as someone who has faced so much adversity, it’s cool to see her come out the other side and be so successful.
I forgot for a second that this was live. Pretty cool to think about awesome things like this happening right now all over the country.
And there goes Grace into the crowd.
Against Me! is not messing around with this encore. I have serious respect for bands that take their live shows this seriously.
“My life is in a state of flux right now where I don’t really know where it’s going to come out on the other end. That’s terrifying” – Grace
Read more here on Spin.com: http://www.spin.com/articles/laura-jane-grace-interview-against-me-transgender-dysphoria-blues/
Grace addresses the fact that they’re streaming the show and to say hi to everyone on the Internet. Hi!
Only Grace is on the stage now, singing and playing her guitar.
“I have an unusually large soft spot in my heart for Louisville, Kentucky,” says Grace as they come out for an encore. “And I’m not saying that just because we’re in Kentucky.”
I always wonder who thinks to start the “one more song” chant at shows.
And that looks like it. Encore?
It’s even cooler that she’s been able to continue with her career and even address her feelings and issues she encountered with her talent and music.
Another cool piece on Grace’s coming out process and transition. She was a married father before she came out. That’s very hard to do and I have incredible respect for her: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2012/jul/22/laura-jane-grace-transsexual
Seems like things are wrapping up, Grace is giving lots of thank yous to the venue, the fans, she hopes that everyone had a good time and that “everyone feels like they were a part of this.”
Just a lady and two dudes with their instruments.
“This is a song about cutting yourself out of poisonous people’s lives,” Grace says. Amen.
It’s almost been an hour and they’re still plowing through songs strong. Gotta love bands who are about the music at shows, forget about the rest.
Thanks to Twitter user @chernowa, found the song before about Grace’s gender dysphoria, the namesake of the band’s most recent album – Transgender Dysphoria Blues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEE7iw5WYJI
Sitting here trying to think of who they remind me of.
I feel like these lyrics are probably really awesome and relevant to Grace’s situation but I can’t make out what she’s saying, disappointing.
“This is a song about gender,” Grace talks about supporting that everyone has a right to be who they want to be and that not everyone fits into the binary.
“Very stoked to be here. Thank you so much for having us,” Grace says. They’re playing a song they don’t often play, Grace jokes that she can’t remember all the lyrics all the time.
Looked like Grace was having a little mic/sound trouble a minute ago – had to do a quick sound check with the mic.
For those interested in learning more about the lead singer, Grace, she was involved with a web series regarding her gender dysphoria and experience of coming out at age 31: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-against-me-singer-laura-jane-graces-true-trans-series-20141010
Grace is encouraging the crowd to make sure “everyone has a space here and everyone feels welcome.” I love that kind of vibe at a show.
I’m still enjoying them, but it’s all starting to sound repetitive to me at this point. But that might just be because I’m unfamiliar with their music. I’m sure for those who are fans it’s a great experience. And they’re really just powering through the songs – they’re gonna get a lot of material into this set. They have six albums so they certainly have enough material.
I guess video can be deceiving, but this looks like a really cool venue. The stage is really nice. According to a quick search it’s 900-person capacity, which is a good size.
I don’t know how she can see with all of that hair in her face. So punk rock.
Grace says that she feels “f–cking fantastic.” She welcomes the crowd to the first night of their tour. They’re playing Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, Kentucky.
As I’ve said, I’ve never listened to Against Me! but I’m enjoying it so far. Grace’s stage presence is great and the rest of the band and the crowd seem really into it.
After doing some more research, she has undergone some therapy. According to Wikipedia (sorry, but it’s a good source for band info): “In May 2012 Grace publicly came out as transgender, having dealt with gender dysphoria since childhood, and began a transition to living as a woman by taking hormones, undergoing electrolysis treatments, and taking the name Laura Jane Grace.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Against_Me!)
I’m not sure if Laura has gone through any kind of hormone therapy or anything else to help with her transition, but that doesn’t really matter. I think it’s so awesome how she totally blows up the gender norms in her performance. She’s a strong, talented woman even though she has a masculine sounding voice.
The band finishes its first song and transitions right into the next. I love when they do that. Obviously I’m not familiar with these songs, but I know with the bands I like – I love how songs get paired together live.
Having never heard of Against Me! before, I did some research. The lead singer is transgender, which is really cool. The band’s most recent album is called Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Read an interview with Laura Jane Grace regarding the band and her struggles here: http://time.com/3653490/laura-jane-grace-against-me-interview/
The band takes the stage illuminated by very little light and greets the crowd in Kentucky.
The venue is dark and only drums can be heard. Dramatic start.