Age: 21+ $22.50. Doors 6:30pm. Show 7:30pm.
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Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers: To say musician, author and activist Laura Jane Grace has had a defiant career would be the understatement of the year. Whether being accused of leaving the DIY punk scene to pursue a major label career over a decade ago, or courageously challenging people's conceptions of gender identity with a bombshell Rolling Stone article, Grace has remained a daring and influential cultural figure in her over 20+ years of creating dynamic art across various mediums. Sure, she's bound to worry some fans with her decision to press pause on Against Me! to release a more intimate singer-songwriter leaning solo album under the name Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers, but her artistic motivation cast her determination in steel. "In the back of my head I was thinking, 'f**k all of you, I'm going to do this anyway,'" she says with a smile.
With this conviction came liberation, because few expectations equals total freedom. Indeed on the record's opening cut, "China Beach," Grace delivers a bold, lip-curled statement of intent: "Learn to trust yourself, no one else matters / Respect the source and always welcome failure." And it's in this spirit-with the help of Against Me! drummer Atom Willard and long-term AM! producer Marc Jacob Hudson on bass-that Bought to Rot, the debut album from Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers, came into existence.
Mercy Union: previous projects include The Gaslight Anthem, The Scandals, and Let Me Run
Control Top: Philly post punk trio