Against Me

Live Review: Laura Jane Grace at Masonic Lodge


I’ll admit I’m a little late to the party, but wow, I’m still in awe over how powerful and inspiring this show was. Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! played an acoustic show along with Atom Willard, at the very hypnotic and mystic Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary and I’m still speechless. The sheer honesty alone is enough to draw your attention to her. Add the performance of songs from the Against Me catalog and you can see and hear how raw and real that band is. Her story is beyond captivating. Laura’s stories about dealing with Against Me signing to a major label, addiction to cocaine and alcohol, shopping at Sears, where she knew she wouldn’t be seen, and legal battles with an ex-manager seamlessly bounced from funny to poignant. Between the spoken-word moments, there were spot-on acoustic performances of songs from throughout Against Me!’s existence, and an appropriate cover of The Replacements’ “Androgynous.”

There really is something to be said for being who you really are and being able to embrace it. Laura Jane Grace is a beacon of hope to so many people out there that feel lost and abandoned.

By: Brian Lacy

Best Albums of 2014…So Far

In no particular order (wait till the end of the year for that). These are the best albums I’ve heard all year!

1. Mastodon- Once More Round The Sun
2. Every Time I Die- From Parts Unknown
3. Chevelle- La Gargola
4. Seether- Isolate and Medicate
5. Sevendust- Time Travelers and Bonfires
6. Crosses- Crosses
7. Royal Blood- Out Of The Black EP
8. Against Me- Transgender Dysphoria Blues
9. And We Are Them- Align
10. Wild Throne- Blood Maker
11. New Cathedral- Ghost
12. Machines Learning- Machines Learning
13. He Whose Ox Is Gored- Nightshade EP
14. With Our Arms To The Sun- A Far Away Wonder
15. Black Map- Driver EP
16. Royal Blood- Royal Blood
17. The Last Internationale- We Will Reign
18. Wovenwar- Wovenwar
19. And We Are Them- City Of Ghosts
20. Obliterations- Poison Everything
21. Black Map- And We Explode
22. Bush- Man On The Run
23. Slipknot- .5 The Gray Chapter
24. Aeges- Above and Down Below