If there’s one place that everyone can feel accepted for who they are it’s among the sweaty bodies in the mosh pit of an Against Me! show. The atmosphere is one of overwhelming group solidarity; if somebody falls, several people rush to help them up; if somebody wants to crowd surf, all they have to do is ask; and when Grace sings about heartbreak or frustration, nearly everybody knows the words.
Last Tuesday Against Me! made their return to Bogarts, joined by LA garage pop band Bleached and Canadian punk band The Dirty Nil. Against Me! was formed in 1997 by frontwoman and guitarist Laura Jane Grace. Grace was accompanied by long time member and lead guitarist James Bowman, bassist Inge Johansson (formerly of