Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!) announces ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’ solo acoustic tour

Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace has announced a short run of solo acoustic dates in Aug., billed as “Laura Jane Grace Sings The Transgender Dysphoria Blues.”

Though this marks Grace’s first solo tour since coming out as transgender, the singer previously toured solo on several occasions, while still living as Tom Gabel, and released a solo EP, Heart Burns, in 2008.

Tickets for Laura’s solo tour go on sale on Friday, July 12, and will be available on Against Me!’s website. Tickets will include a digital download of True Trans, an upcoming 7″ featuring two stripped down tracks from Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

Check out Grace’s solo dates, below.

Aug. 10 – MilkBoy – Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 11 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
Aug. 13 – Fete Lounge – Providence, RI
Aug. 14 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
Aug. 15 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
Aug. 16 – The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

Against Me! recently finished tracking their new album, which features guest performances from Fat Mike and Atom Willard. Though they considered releasing music under a different name, following the recent departures of both drummer Jay Weinberg and bassist Andrew Seward, the band determined Transgender Dysphoria Blues too important not to release under the Against Me! mantra. No release date for the album has been set, but is expected to be announced soon.

The only full band Against Me! shows currently scheduled are the Chicago and Denver dates of Riot Fest, Sept. 13 and 21, respectively.

Tony Thaxton on leaving Motion City Soundtrack: “I was becoming a very unhappy person”

 

Tony Thaxton, the former drummer of Motion City Soundtrack, has a written a blog further elaborating on his decision to leave the band back in March.

In his post, Thaxton also addresses his role in his new project, The Pride Of Erie PA, and how it differs from his full-time position in Motion City Soundtrack. Thaxton first joined MCS in 2002, and was present for all of the group’s five studio albums.

Here’s Tony’s blog post in full (links and emphasis his):

“Apparently, there are a lot of people who don’t quite know or understand what is going on with me these days.  I still get a few messages every week from people who are just now finding out the news about me leaving Motion City Soundtrack.  So, if you are reading this now and this is the first you’re hearing about it, yes, it’s true. I left the band.  As I said in my statement, touring was starting to take it’s toll on me.  Life on the road was becoming harder and harder, and unfortunately I was becoming a very unhappy person.  It just really felt like it was time for me to move on.

Well, now you’ve all been seeing me post all over social media that I am playing in a new band, The Pride of Erie PA.  People have been asking how I could leave MCS just to join another band, and thinking there is more to the story than what MCS or I said.  Well…there isn’t.  The answer is pretty simple.  This new band is a project to just have some fun.  I still like to play drums sometimes.  But, I still don’t want to be out on the road.  So, we wrote some songs, recorded them, and now we’ve put them out there for people to hear.  There won’t be tours.  There may be an occasional Los Angeles-area show.  Random things here and there.  That’s it.  Just the fun stuff.

Sorry to those of you who were hoping for some hot gossip.  And I’m extra sorry for any who were hoping for hot chocolate.  As far as I know, that is unavailable in internet form.

I hope I have cleared this up.  So, for now, enjoy some new music from The Pride of Erie PA.  Our 6 song EP, Let’s Start A Band is AVAILABLE NOW!

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If Spotify is more your style, then I recommend you search it yourself, you freeloaders.  (I just don’t know how to link Spotify.  Kisses!)

Thanks for your time, and please feel free to repost this anywhere and everywhere.

-Tony”

Following Thaxton’s departure, Motion City Soundtrack announced Claudio Rivera (ex-Saves The Day) as their new drummer. The band recently began writing for their sixth album, and are currently out on Warped Tour.

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