When: Sat., Oct. 15, 8 p.m. 2016
Two crucial entries into the vanguard of alt-rock, Bad Religion and Against Me! are combining forces for their Vox Populi Tour. The tour’s namesake is taken from a Latin phrase that means “voice of the people,” which unfolds as a symbolic gesture toward the disgruntled masses of society. Over the decades, this revolutionary sentiment has defined the acts to different degrees; even in their most commercially successful records, there’s a potent feeling of fed-upness with classical conservatism. We hear the menacing snarl of Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin in “21st Century (Digital Boy)” dripping with a subversive sense of political disenchantment – and, anyone who’s spastically danced to “Thrash Unreal” is familiar with Laura Jane Grace’s scathing brand of social awareness. Today the pillars of punk are serious about making progress through their music, as evidenced by Against Me!’s critically acclaimed Transgender Dysphoria Blues, which Grace penned after announcing her transition. In such albums, the call for action is unmistakable – it’s out with the old and in with the spew.