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Against Me!

If you have any question as to whether Against Me! is one of the most influential and egregiously awesome, real-deal punk bands around, there’s enough evidence to prove that it is fact. Following a relatively short career including underground early ’00s classics like Is Reinventing Axl Rose and As the Eternal Cowboy, their 2007 album New Wave (Sire) will go down as something of a benchmark. It is a methodically perfect album of agit-prop rock hooks and sloganeering on a major label without ever a smidgen of the betrayal and stink of “selling out.” (Sorry, Green Day and all your Broadway musical friends.) Indie singer/songwriter Ben Lee was so taken by New Wave that he recorded a complete cover version of it. If that’s not enough, look at the sea of young acts so clearly inspired in the wake—from fellow Floridians Fake Problems to the similarly exclamation point-loving O Pioneers!!!—so clearly indebted to Against Me! and their uncompromising music and message. This Saturday’s (April 24) performance at the Town Ballroom is a chance to catch Against Me! in all their unbridled folk, punk, and fist-pumping glory as they play favorites from that clutch of feted previous records as well as their much-awaited forth-coming June release, White Crosses. For all those that stopped believing in rock’s righteous power after the Clash, Rage Against the Machine, or whenever…listen again. The crest of the next wave revolution rock is upon us and Against Me! is right at the front of it. Dead to Me and Money Brother open the show.

5:30pm (doors). Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900 / $12.50/ adv; $15/day of show at box office, 223-6000, and Tops Markets