Fate is a mistress who works in mysterious ways. Two near-perfect major label records produced by Butch Vig didn’t catapult Against Me! into mega stardom, but a life-changing journey into gender liberation did. Now, their self-produced, self-released tour de force, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, has landed on the Billboard 200 at #23. The band recently played David Letterman and lead singer Laura Jane Grace has been featured in Rolling Stone, SPIN, NPR, NME and this week’s revelatory Reddit discussion. For this scrappy young bunch of rock ‘n rollers, everything is finally coming up Reinvented Axl Roses.

Need a taste? Here is the album’s cathartic closer, ‘Black Me Out’:

Still hungry? Check out POPDOSE’s track-by-track review of Transgender Dysphoria Blues here.

You want even more?

If you live in the US and have waited this long to get your hands on a copy of the album, today might be your lucky day. We’re sitting on a copy signed by Laura Jane Grace, James Bowman, Atom Willard and Inge Johansson. It can be yours — all you have to do is e-mail the subject line “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” to me here: keithatpopdose@yahoo.com

One winner will be drawn a week from today (Friday the 14th, February 2014 at 11:14 PM — PST).

If you miss the contest — get your mitts on one at your local record store or Amazon or check out all the vinyl options and bundles at the official Against Me! Store.

As an added bonus, here is the lyric video for FuckMyLife66:

And be sure to check out their legendary live shows:

10 – Oneonta, NY – Hunt College Union Ballroom (Laura Jane Grace solo)

09 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown *
10 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note *
12 – Austin, TX – SXSW
13 – Austin, TX – SXSW
14 – Austin, TX – SXSW
15 – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock *
16 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s *
18 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live *
19 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey *
21 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall *
22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theatre *
23 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory *
24 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre *
25 – Seattle, WA – Neptune *
26 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom *
28 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite *
29 – Calgary, AB – Republik *
30 – Regina, SK – Exchange *

01 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre *
02 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *
03 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre *
04 – Palatine, IL – Durty Nellie’s *
05 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue *
06 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel *

26 – Las Vegas, NV – Punk Rock Bowling

* = Laura Stevenson and Cheap Girls supporting

For tour dates, news and more, connect with Against Me! and Laura Jane Grace online, on facebook and twitter

Here’s hoping Against Me! will be booked to play on Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report before they jet to Europe (I assume that’s next). Perhaps I’ll start a facebook petition unless one of you beats me to it…

About the Author

Keith Creighton

Keith is a music correspondent for Popdose and an advocate on women's empowerment, gender identity and gender liberation issues. He is a monthly new music contributor to the Planet LP Podcast and is a marketing writer by day for Sudden Monkey.

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