Metal/Punk, Rock/Pop, Other

Against Me!, Off With Their Heads, and Glossary

When: 2009

The last time Gainesville, Florida, punk band Against Me! played Memphis it was at FedEx Forum, opening for the Foo Fighters. They're back this week at a somewhat more intimate venue: the Hi-Tone Cafe. Led by songwriter Tom Gabel, Against Me! "sold out" with the 2007 major-label debut New Wave in much the way Nirvana once did: with music that's bigger, bolder, and better than what they made before. The band articulates its dissatisfaction, which is achievement enough (indie rockers: take note), but never lets righteous, reasonable anger crowd out the empathy, humor, and fierce self-doubt that make their shout-along anthems special. They've been terrific every time I've seen them, and I wouldn't expect anything different this week. Against Me! Plays the Hi-Tone Cafe Wednesday, April 22nd with Glossary and Off With Their Heads. Doors open at 7pm for this early show. Tickets are $10.

Price: $10

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