Photos | Against Me! @ House of Blues (Cleveland)


[I]’d gone in expecting audience participation at the hands of some of Against Me!’s more anthemic songs, like “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” and “Unconditional Love.” But nearly everything on their setlist became a rowdy singalong. It’s rare to see a band play with such obvious joy, and I’m not sure there was a point in their set where Laura wasn’t smiling. With very little time devoted to introducing songs and only a brief break before the encore, Against Me! fit in old favorites like “Pints of Guinness Make You Strong,” “Don’t Lose Touch,” and a lively rendition of “Turn Those Clapping Hands into Angry Balled Fists” along with new tracks from Transgender Dysphoria Blues. It was fun, energetic, and well complemented by opening acts Jenny Owen Youngs and the Creepoids.