“The acoustic guitar is the most punk rock instrument because it’s the most independent. You don’t even need an amplifier!”: Laura Jane Grace might be an obsessive collector – but all she really needs is a Yamaha acoustic

Laura Jane Grace
(Image credit: Travis Shinn)

Laura Jane Grace’s smile and humor are as infectious as the blistering yet catchy rage inherent in her music with Against Me! and across a trio of outstanding solo records.  

The latest of those, Hole in My Head, offers equal servings of raw and rowdy punk mashed up with laconic folk. Anyone who’s settled in Transgender Dysphoria Blues (2014), Shape Shift with Me (2016), Bought to Rot (2018) or Stay Alive (2020) knows what to expect.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.