In 2012, singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Gabel of Floridian rockers Against Me! made the kind of announcement that 20 years ago would have been met with scandal and backlash. A testament to evolving cultural understanding, Gabel’s revelation that she was in the process of physically becoming a woman and would now go by the name Laura Jane Grace was generally met with acceptance from the group’s large and dedicated fan base. The first few tracks issued from the band’s forthcoming sixth full-length, Transgender Dysphoria Blues (the first since Grace’s announcement), show Against Me! in top form, crafting intense, powerful songs that revolve around the concept/condition/identity mentioned in the title. The much-anticipated new LP is due for release on the band’s own Total Treble label on Jan. 21. The Sidekicks and The Shondes open this show at the Southgate House Revival. Doors 8 p.m. $15; $17 day-of. Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky., 859-431-2201.
AGAINST ME! performs at Southgate House Revival Friday, Jan. 3. Click here for more info.