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Against Me!

In "Piss and Vinegar," a new song by Against Me! (currently touring with David Dondero and Matt & Kim), lead singer Tom Gabel advises music commentators to be "a little less professional, a little more up front and confrontational." On August 14, he may have taken a similar approach during a visit to a Florida coffee shop. Gabel reportedly became incensed upon seeing an Against Me! flier that had been defaced and took his anger out on 22-year-old customer Jared Smith, precipitating an assault charge. There's no telling at this point exactly how the incident went down — Gabel denies hitting Smith — but there's no lack of aggression on New Wave, the group's major-label debut. Sleekly produced by Butch Vig, who was behind the boards on Nirvana's Nevermind, the disc is thoroughly old-school punk with anthemic lyrics. For instance, "White People for Peace" features Gabel saluting "protest songs to stop the soldier's gun." Perhaps he should give peace a chance in his personal life, too.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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