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MRR Radio #1576 • 9/24/17

It's a radio show. On the internet. What exactly did you expect? We played songs. Fuck cancer. HÜSKER DÜ – Diane Give it ...

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FUQ DRUMF

MRR Radio #1575 • 9/17/17

Horrible Hal gets stuck in the not-so-oldies while Rotten Ron crushes your skull Intro song: SKULL CRACK - Pyromaniac Horrible Hal - Moldy ...

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RIP, Fred “Freak” Smith, Black Punk Pioneer

A few weeks ago, a "semi-transient African American man" was found dead, killed from a knife wound behind the softball ...

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Infest! (Photo by Rob Coons)

MRR Radio #1574 • 9/10/17

Rob from MRR Radio brings in Athena and Melissa to discuss their upcoming documentary on the powerviolence scene and play ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #413 • Oct 2017

It's time for Maximum Rocknroll #413, the October 2017 issue! Do you love KLEENEX/LILIPUT as much as we do? Then ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #406 • March 2017

Maximum Rocknroll #406, the March 2017 issue, is here! Philadelphia hardcore band S-21 tell us the history behind their name, BETON give us their take on a Brazil tour, ZERODENT get us dancing in Perth, PELUQUERÍA CANINA play melodic punk in Madrid, SECOND COMBAT keep straightedge hardcore alive in Malaysia, PALBERTA gets weird in New York, Brazil’s VIDA RUIM spread their love for HÜSKER DÜ, and Austin’s BODY PRESSURE want to “Make Bigots Scared Again.” We have an update on our Archive Project progress and then we delve into some lesser known Finnish KBD gems from the new compilation Kuoleman Tappaneet, talk with punk writer and zinester Jessie Lynn McMains, plus the debut of two new columns on DIY Metal and European punk life. We’ve also got photos from Chicago’s Infestational and This Is Austin Not That Great. All this plus the record, demo, book, zine, and films reviews you love. Order today!

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MRR Archive Update


January 9th, 2017 by

One of 4 brand new LP shelves, with space to grow the collection

It’s been half a year since the end of the Indiegogo fundraiser for the MRR Archive. Since June, we’ve been busy inventorying, cleaning, rehousing, green taping, and cataloging all 49,955 records we own. We’ve been digitizing back issues, scanning special covers made by Tim Yo, conducting dozens of research requests for punks and scholars, and tracking down records we’re missing from the collection. Hundreds of shitworkers from all over the world have helped us out, some for just an hour once and some for 5 hours each week.

Old shelves crammed with LPs

Each month, we get in 80-120 records for review and the constant growth of the collection was overwhelming our shelf capacity. With the money earned in the fundraiser, we were able to buy four new shelves to accommodate thousands more LPs. We bought tens of thousands of poly bags and put them on every single LP. We’ve purchased new shelf liners, baskets for supplies, a library kick stool for hard-to-reach top shelves, and custom wood alphabet dividers.

Archival boxes for our collection of back issues

These funds have also made it possible for us to buy archival boxes for our paper collections. Our full run of magazine back issues is now properly stored in acid-free containers, and our collection of letters, postcards, and newspaper clippings will soon be rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. Much of the paper ephemera we have is truly one-of-a-kind, consisting of hand drawn art and flyers, and its long-term survival is crucial. Digitizing and rehousing these materials is a smart move to increase access and decrease handling of fragile papers.

We will be launching the MRR Archive website on June 1, 2017. The first phase of the launch will have the fully digitized MRR back issue archive, with over 400 issues dating back to 1982! Shortly thereafter, we’ll be launching a searchable database of our record collection, with reviews for every record we’ve ever reviewed.

Want to help out? We need Bay Area shitworkers to help out with inventory and rehousing, and remote shitworkers can contribute data entry. We especially need some database and technology help! Do you have any experience with CollectiveAccess? Can you fix a Mac? Please get in touch with us at .

We’re having a work day on January 21 at MRR HQ. You can find more information and RSVP here.



Maximum Rocknroll #405 • Feb 2017

It’s that time again, our Year-End Top Ten Issue, with 2016 best-of lists by everyone from your favorite band, column, or label. We’ve also got hand-picked show photos from Angela Owens and Farrah Skeiky, and art throughout by Sarah Sequoia. Plus, we talk with Boston goth femme punks DAME, Glasgow’s ANXIETY teach us about “wimpy hardcore,” FUCKING from Minneapolis live up to their name, then we delve into Filipino Oi! with the EXSENADORS and Finnish post-punk with APATHETICS. All this plus letters, columns, and the record, book, film, and zine reviews you love. Start the new year off right with Maximum Rocknroll! 

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New Blood! VOG, JUICE BOX, INGROWN, GLEAMED, and OBEDIENCE


December 1st, 2016 by

“New Blood” is our weekly feature spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, check out some killer new shit…

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VOG

Date & location formed:
February 14, 2016 ~ HAPPY VOGGINTIMES DAY ~ in dreary Portland, Oregon.

Reason for forming:
Well after the brutal divorce and losing the kids to the international phenomenon known as Pokemon Go, I had no idea who I was anymore. My identity as a “Family Guy” had been ripped apart and no amount of import car buying or leaving nasty comments on lady strangers’ Instagram accounts was going to get me through this putrid wasteland called life. I finally called up the ole gang from the Hot Topic stockroom, and we all agreed that the best thing for 4 sexy, rock ‘n rollin’, middle-aged studs to do was to either try improv comedy or get the band back together.

What are your lyrics about?
The Mall. Confronting The Man. Avoiding Taxes – not as a rich person, but as a very poor and lowly mall rodent. Many of our songs are also just shout outs to all the cool dogs and innocent babies out there.

How would you describe your sound?
Make Amps Crate Again.

Fog (photo by Erika Elizabeth)

Fog (photo by Erika Elizabeth)

What’s in the future for this band?
We’re working on some more one-minute hits, and we’re planning on touring East + West Coast in 2017. No word yet on an interior continent tour, though we’re pretty fond of the Mall of America. And just to let all you silly “punx” know: We’re tired of “all ages” shows filled with BORING ADULTS and APATHETIC TEENS. We will not rest until those sweet, innocent babies get their rightful place at the show. BABIES TO THE FRONT! P.S. If you work at the Hot Topic in the Mall of America, please help us get a show there. Thanks.

Links and contact info:

vogpdx.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
JUICE BOX

Date & location formed:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Sometime in 2015? Maybe February.

Reason for forming:
Fuck the boys club! As a reason for the four of us to hang out and drink champagne every week. Some of us had never been in a band before and thought it was about time.

What are your lyrics about?
They are read off an iPad at live shows. Kayla reads Amazon reviews for sex swings, gross texts from straight white boys on Tinder (she has a lovely partner named Chris who is in a great band called Melted Mirror, so they are not from experience.) They are read from this website called straightwhiteboystexting.org which is definitely NSFW, and is updated often with horrifying messages. So the song kind of changes every time, but we think the recorded version turned out really great. And then there’s a song that educates us on how a pet rat can help you through depression.

How would you describe your sound?
A little post-punky, but also poppy. Someone called us “twee” recently which is confusing but fun.

What’s in the future for this band?
Playing shows around Calgary and supporting the local music community. Gwen, one of our members, is one of the founders of a cool new all ages venue at the local bike co-op, The Good Life Community Bike Shop. It’s something that Calgary needs so badly. They just had their first show and it was awesome — we hope to be involved with and support more stuff like that.

Juice Box (photo by Jennifer Crighton)

Juice Box (photo by Jennifer Crighton)

Links and contact info:

juiceboxyyc.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
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INGROWN

Date & location formed:
We started jamming this band early January/February 2015 and played our first show later that month, in Boise, Idaho.

Reason for forming:
Since the summer of 2010 when we started playing punk, we’ve always been influenced by early 80s hardcore and that was it. We did bands like 1d, Grocery List, Flanders Ned, & our main inspiration was always my dad’s band State of Confusion, and Negative Approach. Strictly real style hardcore and not much else. Things went weird with lots of our friends and we weren’t really doing much music at the time. Ingrown started as a last minute “ah fuck let’s just form a new band and play that show next month” kinda idea, then we just stopped doing what we always did and wrote different stuff.

What are your lyrics about?
Mostly about hating bullies and racist bastards. Boise’s scene is dramatic as hell and lots of people are shit talkers so I just write about how I don’t like anything about them and want to hurt em really badly.

Ingrown (photo by Angela Owens)

Ingrown (photo by Angela Owens)

How would you describe your sound?
We started writing differently than we ever had and kinda didn’t know what we were doing. We realized Dave can blast insanely well. Then I just wanted to strum as fast as I can. We started caring less about following the same guidelines we always had, so we went for something new. It was like hardcore with a lot of blasting poured all over it then a few breakdowns stuffed in the middle. We realized two stepping kicks ass too.

What’s in the future for this band?
Continuing to live the dream. We’ve recorded, put out a tape, played OHC, and toured. That’s everything we’ve ever wanted to do and it’s all we’re gonna continue to do over and over! We’re gonna do some cool little stuff within the next few months then wanna do a tour in the summer that’s gonna be way too long for us to handle. We’re gonna go to olympia in a month and record 5 or 6 brand new songs then see how that gets put out.

Links and contact info:


ingrownhc.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
GLEAMED

Date & location formed:
We formed in Apr. 2015 from Tokyo,Japan.

Reason for forming:
Spreading the heavy and brutal sound.

What are your lyrics about?
Hate,anger,depression,death and human stupidity.

How would you describe your sound?
Modern Powerviolence mixed with 90’s metalcore like Disembodied,early Zao etc.

What’s in the future for this band?
Our bassist might quit the band next year when he graduates from University. If so, our activity would get a little slower.

Gleamed (photo by Kazuma Kobayashi)

Gleamed (photo by Kazuma Kobayashi)

Links and contact info:

gleamedhc.bandcamp.com

 

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Band name:
OBEDIENCE

Date & location formed:
Austin, TX 2016.

Reason for forming:
We (Dave and Chris) have talked about starting a project for years, and finally teamed up with like minded friends (Joe and Kevin) for some fast, straightforward hardcore.

What are your lyrics about?
Social commentary- not exclusively political. With all that’s been going on this year it’s hard to not fall into that.

How would you describe your sound?
We have multiple members bringing songs in and the results are usually pretty fast and short. US hardcore style with some Euro/Japan influence.

What’s in the future for this band?
Our debut 7″ (remixed version of our demo) will be out very soon on Fair Warning. New songs, more shows… Hopefully some touring in 2017!

Obedience (photo by Jack Barfield)

Obedience (photo by Jack Barfield)

Links and contact info:

obedience.bandcamp.com

fairwarningrecords.bandcamp.com

 

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Do you have or know of an awesome new band*? It’s easy to submit to be in MRR’s New Blood feature — 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:

*By “new band” we mean a band that formed within the past year or year and a half.



Maximum Rocknroll #403 • Dec 2016

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Here’s the December 2016 issue of Maximum Rocknroll, #403 — the all-China issue! We’ve got a Chinese punk history primer, scene reports from Bejing, Wuhan, and Guangdong, an annotated discography of Chinese punk, and reprints of MRR features on Chinese punk straight from our archive. We have interviews with experimental indie band SUBS, noise punkers DIDERS, and heavy metal influenced street punks DEMERIT. We’ve also got photo spreads from Toronto’s Not Dead Yet Fest, along with the Slovakian crust band BETON’s photo tour diary of Brazil. Plus, a guest column by Arina Moiseyenko as well as all of our regular columns and reviews. Don’t miss out!

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