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Create to Destroy! Manic Relapse Fest III

This interview is with Chris (also known as Scooch) and Kyle who are responsible for ...

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Artist bios for MRR #383: the Comics and Art Issue!

MRR #383 is so jam-packed with comics and art that there was no room for ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #383 • April 2015

It's time for Maximum Rocknroll #383, April 2015, the Comics and Art special issue, guest ...

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Piss Test

MRR Radio #1442 • 3/1/15

Mariam’s Hung Over Return (I should have played S.H.I.T.) Smash your Shit (Intro...You've heard this one, ...

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MRR Presents: FIRST QUARTER STORM, ¿Y QUE?, VWLS and THE EDOMITES at The Knockout in SF, Thurs. March 12th!

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Create to Destroy! Bizarre Bazaar

February 25th, 2015 by


Carly is part of the Bizarre Bazaar girl gang unit. Her crew in Oakland are organizing this to help kick off Manic Relapse fest in Oakland so we can all sell our junk to punks and keep it within the community. This is the first event but not the last so stay tuned! If you’re looking to blow your money before the Manic Relapse chaos really begins, check this out March 6 in Oakland, California.

Who is this bazaar for?
For the punks, freekz, aliens, longhairs, short hairs, fast food junkies, the weird, the unusual and the people that want to buy cool handmade shit and/or sell it.


Who can participate? How do we enlist?
We have all the vendors booked for this first one, but we’re keeping a list of people that want to vend in future bazaars. So if you’re interested, email us at bizarrebazaaroakland {at} gmail(.)com and/or talk to us. Don’t bother if you’re a square.

Fuck squares. Where is it?
Turpentine Gallery in Oakland CA, baby.

How’d you hook up with Turpentine gallery?
Local artists and friends, Kate Klingbeil and Brooke Burrows, live there and have been consistently hosting local art exhibitions for the past two years. Grace has been helping curate and put on art shows at this space, so, it seemed to be the perfect place to host our first bazaar. It’s a space started and run by a community of friends, plus its also in a convenient location for out of towners (it’s a block from Rockridge BART).

How often will this occur?
We are working toward making this a regz thing. We’re thinking every two months or so. Turpentine is a great gallery but we definitely are on the lookout for a bigger spot due to the amount of response we’ve gotten. Some place outdoors would be ideal in the coming months. Any suggestions for venues are much encouraged!

Who does it look like will be hustling junk at Bizarre Bazaar #1?
We have over ten vendors so far! A bunch of talented MOFOS; BRAiNSAND, Shithammer Distro, Alyssa Townsend, Shrewfang printing from Pittsburgh, Time to Die printing, Addicted to Chaos, Nightrider Records and more. Hank, of course, will be flipping mad burgs and maybe a couple of dogs. There’s gonna be jewelry, t-shirts, records, leatherwork, pins, art and you know… shit.

This first ever BB is a daytime event before the first night of Manic Relapse fest…
Hell yeah!!! Gear up to get down!! Come spend all your vacay bucks before anything even happens!

BizarreBazaar_hamburgerflyerSo… Manic Relapse?
Should be tight… Scootchy, baby worked really hard… we’re proud of that mofo.

Does Oakland suck?
I’m wearing a short sleeve shirt and can go to a show or event any night a week… it’s fucking groovy baby.

Hell yeah — sunny days and leather weather all night. Will Jon Con have his whip?
Remind us who that is again?

Who the fuck are you?
Wellll helllo!! We are four fucking cool ass ladies creating a way to get all the freaks together to buy each others freaky shit. We are trying to have a good time, hustle our gear, and get people together to display their talents and hobbies.

Did you leave your heart in Boston?
Of course. We’re just making due out here. Kara doesn’t even have a heart…

Who is involved in organizing this?
First shout-out to us!!!… Charlie M, Kara Z, Grace Lannon and Hann Solo Burger. And of course shout-out to all the vendors — they are a huge part in putting this shindig together.

Why was this organized?
Well, we have seen similar things popping up like the Black Market in Boston, or the alley in Brooklyn that hosts StreetFfever and Dripper World, etc. And Oakland is due for a new creative outlet. We’re hoping this event will integrate subcultures. Something for the punks by the punks was kind of the idea… to create stuff for our friends and make new friendships in the process.

Sounds like some hippie shit. How can we help? Stay up to date? Send fan mail?
You can help by coming to the Bizarre Bazaar, help support a punk’s junk. We have a Facebook under Bizarre Bazaar, and an email bizarrebazaaroakland {at} gmail(.)com … All of which we’re using to keep the people updated, and interested.

Any last words, punk?
It’s my life and it’s now or never! You only live YOLO!!

We actually have a Yolo County in California, no joke. See you punks at the BB, March 6th — Oakland!!!!

Record of the Week: SIERPIEN Zawsze Nasze LP

February 24th, 2015 by

Sierpien_LPWow, this is such a gem, already a record-of-the-year contender for me and it’s still only spring! Moscow’s SIERPIEN may have recorded this album last year, but it could easily pass for a top-of-the-class recording from 1982, blending and transcending a slew of influences like CRISIS, SIKIERA and the MOB in their quintessentially Eastern European take on dark punk. A studio-only two-piece masquerading as a power trio, the proceedings here are consistently anthemic as all hell; usually cold and yearning, occasionally funky and danceable, and, on songs like “New Middle Ages,” approximating a more anarcho SAD LOVERS AND GIANTS. I could blather on forever—it really is impossible to capture a perfect record in mere words—but trust me when I say this is not the kind of thing you can afford to miss. Simply genius.
(Mass Media)

Monday Photo Blog: The Return of Carlos Idrovo

February 23rd, 2015 by

It has been about a year since we last heard from Carlos Idrovo at the Monday Photo Blog. But that’s not to say he hasn’t been busy, and besides, he probably has a life and doesn’t hover on the net like some folks do. Here’s three from the Tupa Tupa Extremo show in Quito, Ecuador.

Enfermo at Tupa Tupa Extremo, February 6, 2015. (photo by Carlos Idrovo)

O.D.R. at Tupa Tupa Extremo, February 6, 2015. (photo by Carlos Idrovo)

Cuatro at Tupa Tupa Extremo, February 6, 2015. (photo by Carlos Idrovo)

Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: photoblog {at} maximumrocknroll(.)com. Include your name, a link to your website (or flickr, Facebook, or whatever), and the band (or subject), date and location of each photo. Just send your best photos — edit tightly. Three to seven photos is plenty, and it’s best to send pictures of different bands. Please do not send watermarked photos. Please make your photos 72 dpi and about 600–800 pixels at the longest side. Not everything sent in will be posted, and a response is not guaranteed, but we do appreciate all of your contributions. Feel free to submit more than once. Thanks!

MRR Radio #1441 • 2/22/15

February 22nd, 2015 by

This week, Greg steers the MRR Radio ship alone through the raging seas of punk…whatever that means…


Intro song:



New Tapes and Records From Deep Space
VHS – Spirit Animal
APPLESEEDS – Wasted Time
TRACERS – Skully

Greg Takes Requests From the Wilds of North America
PUD – Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Satan (for Josh Mayfield in Chattanooga)
DICKS – All Night Fever (for Metro…in space)
SILENT ERA – Remind Me Why (for Emily in Vancouver)
AFTERBIRTH – Mr Louis (for Francesca at Rainbow)
SLIME – I Wish I Was (from Lydia to Mike Malaka on his birthday!)

Take a Cosmic Trip Through the MRR Collection
STRANGERS – Losing My Mind
HUL – Ingenting
SBSM – Godzilla

Take a Cosmic Trip Through My Warped, Stuttering Mind
PHTV – Horror’s All Over
ANDY PLACE AND THE COOLHEADS – Coolhead’s Favorite Bar
SOPORS – Alyosha
BAD DADDIES – We Never Will

Outro song:
BROKEN STRINGS – Surfing Everyday

Maximum Rocknroll Radio is a weekly radio show and podcast featuring DIY punk, garage rock, hardcore, and more from around the world. Our rotating cast of DJs picks the best of the best from MRR magazine’s astounding, ever-growing vinyl archive. You can find MRR Radio archives, specials, and more at radio.maximumrocknroll.com. Thanks for listening!


February 19th, 2015 by

Formerly a section in MRR magazine, “New Blood” is now a regular feature here on maximumrocknroll.com spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, get to discovering some killer new bands…


Band name:

Date & location formed:
2014 in Atlanta.

Reason for forming:
In the past two years I had moved from Orlando to Austin to Gainesville to Atlanta. I kind of got married in Orlando aand definitely got not married in Austin. So I split and kept moving. I wrote a bunch of these songs in Austin and when I got to Atlanta I met Skip, our guitar player. He was a true freak and we hit it off. Wymyns Prysyn introduced me to Hatcher, our drummer. We talked about how cool Hickey was and decided to start playing. Skip said he’d play with us and we somehow convinced Louise to join in on bass.

What are your lyrics about?
Everything that doesn’t matter but still I manage to think about.


How would you describe your sound?
Josh from State Laughter/Uniform/Wymyns Prysyn: “You sound like the singer from Blanks 77″

What’s in the future for this band?
7″ on Negative Jazz. “Parasite” single on Total Punk. East Coast tour once all the snow stops. We also wanna come out west but want someone to drive us. Any takers?

Links and contact info:
sluggaskum {at} gmail(.)com


heavy makeup

Band name:

Date & location formed:
We formed in Gothenburg, Sweden, late in the summer of 2013.

Reason for forming:
Our guitarist Isse saw Pissed Jeans live that summer and the experience was so overwhelming that he had to create something to channel the inspiration it had given him.

What are your lyrics about?
Vanity and the ugliness hidden away within people is the biggest source of inspiration for the lyrics.

How would you describe your sound?
Minimal and dirty mid-tempo hardcore, stupid riffs and simple beats, no fills!

What’s in the future for this band?
We will record material for a 7″ this spring, hopefully someone will want to release it. If not we will release it ourselves.

Links and contact info:
heavymakeupinyourface {at} gmail(.)com


Band name:


Date & location formed:
Spring/summer 2014 in Buffalo, NY.

Reason for forming:
I played drums in a band called Mapmaker. Andy moved away to Ithaca in 2013. I had songs I wrote and wanted to keep playing with everyone else from that band, but play guitar instead. Andy moved to New Orleans a year later and other bands I was in stopped, making this project more of a priority. Guitar didn’t work out for me though, so I still play drums.

What are your lyrics about?
Introspective life garbage everyone probably deals with. Self doubt, anxiety etc. nothing new.

How would you describe your sound?
Jangly pop played with some urgency.

What’s in the future for this band?
Recording, weekends when possible. Maybe a longer tour if the stars align.

Links and contact info:


Do you have or know of an awesome new band? It’s easy to submit to be in MRR’s New Blood feature. Use our new online submission form or just email us the following info, and keep keeping’ it real…

1) Band name:
2) Date & location formed:
3) Reason for forming:
4) What are your lyrics about?
5) How would you describe your sound?
6) What’s in the future for this band?
7) Links and contact info:

Along with the answers please send a band photo at least 600px on the longest side (with photo credits), and a logo if you have one, to: mrrnewblood {at} gmail(.)com