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MRR Radio #1587 • 12/10/17

This week Matt pulls some rarities out of the vault to make the scums and punks drool. Intro song: STENGTE DØRER ...

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MRR Radio #1586 • 12/3/17

On this week's MRR Radio, Rob goes ballistic for late '70s and early '80s Bloodstains punk rock from around the ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #416 • Jan 2018

Another new year, another exciting issue of Maximum Rocknroll! MRR #416, our January 2018 issue, begins with a sad note as we ...

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"Who gives a fuck?"

MRR Radio #1585 • 11/26/17

“[...] Elvis gives them a short speech about the death pangs that humanity must go through in order to reach ...

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MRR Radio #1584 • 11/19/17

Another fuct up Rotten Ron and Horrrible Halitosis Punker Power Hour. Intro song: DRUGCHARGE - Husk Rotten Ron fucks it up so you ...

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Zen and the art of making punk flyers

August 24th, 2010 by

The importance of the punk flyer surely can’t be overstated, but they’re getting increasing sidelined for internet-only gig spam, often to a would-be promoter‘s disappointment.

So is it really worth the effort? Regular faces at the gigs that I put on are routinely shocked at where all these ‘new’ people have come from, and I can only respond along the lines of ‘actual hold-in-your-hand flyers!’

Don’t be complacent — if you live in a big city, there is always someone who’s gonna be interested that you don’t personally know. It might seem hackneyed, but copying flyers and posters and getting them up around town, and beyond the eyeline of yer regular messageboard / Facebook cognoscenti is the key to busy and fun gigs!

The only limit is your imagination. If anyone asks you make a flyer, you should jump at the chance! The most fun job in punk, arguably, where you get to write mini-reviews of bands, pick images and take the theme of the gig wherever you want. What’s not to like? If you’re stuck, a good fail-safe is to use topical images with resonance to those who are gonna see it, so you could lampoon a shamed politician or make a visual link to local campaigns/concerns.

Otherwise, why not subvert the enormous graphical goldmine of the last 40 years of punk and hardcore to promote your night? The book Fucked up and Photocopied is one of the many chronicles of our rich outsider art history when it comes to punk rock flyers, and makes a great resource for scanning and fiddling with. Request it at your local library, do some scanning, and get cutting and pasting.

The ultimate harsh rhetorical ‘Would we force this mutant child to walk a mile to see…INSERT BAND HERE’ works a treat too! Or, If you’ve no computer and you’re handy with a ballpoint then do as they do in South Wales and light box that shit. Every town has a building which could, when squinting, be morphed into the Capitol Building for purposes of a lightning strike Bad Brains rip off!

When the internet eventually explodes, your Photoshop archive will be long gone, so make real life paper flyers and you never know, in thirty years your work might be hanging in some Auction house, too.

Monday Photo Blog: OK Oklahoma!

August 23rd, 2010 by

This week Ross Adams checks in from the home of power pop heavyweights 20/20, Dwight Twilley and Phil Seymour…OKLAHOMA! The scene has changed a bit since those guys struck out for LA in the mid-70s.

Blanche Devereaux @ Sauced, Oklahoma City, OK (photo by Ross Adams)

Dead Friends @ the OKC Infoshop, OKC, OK (photo by Ross Adams)

The Vivian Girls @ the Opolis, Norman, OK (photo by Ross Adams)

Furnace @ The Monolith, Tulsa, OK (photo by Ross Adams)

I know a lot of you saw (and shot) some killer shows this summer. Did you go on tour and get some awesome pics? We wanna send photos!!!

If you shoot shows and have photos you want to submit for the MRR Blog, send to: Be sure to put “MRR Photo Blog” in the subject. Include your name, the band, where and when it was shot. Just send your best photos – edit tightly. Three to five photos is plenty. We will be exercising a little quality control here…not everything sent in will be posted. Please size your photos so they are 500 pixels (72 dpi) at the longest side.

There are a lot of awesome photographers out there shooting shows…and there are a lot of unseen archives of old shows. Show us what you’ve got!

Avi Spivak draws near…

August 22nd, 2010 by

If you’re in the Bay Area this week, you’re in luck. Punk artist extraordinaire, Avi Spivak is on town for two events that you shouldn’t miss — one in the East Bay and one in SF. Check out Avi’s work on the cover of MRR #326 and in his fabulous zine Humanbeing Lawnmower… We’ll see you there!


MRR Radio #1206 • 8/21/10

August 21st, 2010 by

MRR Radio is a weekly radio show featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rocknroll record collection. You can find the MRR Radio podcast, as well as specials, archives, and more info at radio.maximumrocknroll.com. Thanks for listening, and stay tuned!

THIS WEEK: Rotten Ron and a slew of killer guests kill Evil in the MRR kitchen


Intro song:
STAINS – Sick and Crazy

Dave Dave Dave – Back to Texas
THE MARKED MEN – Wait Here, Wait Here For You
AK 47 – The Badge Means You Suck

Wild Thing

Mike Jo – Oi Oi Oi
CROWBAR – Hippy Punks
THE TEMPLARS – Waiting for the Blood to Flow
THE BROADSIDERS – Southern Identity

Rotten Ron Kills Evil
WILD THING – Now I Wan’t to Die in a Nuclear War
CONSERVATIVES – Suburban Bitch

Hal – Eric Manor’s Requests
PLUGZ – Infection
RHINO 39 – Night in Watts
PARIAH – Our Voice

Adam – Hot Dog Music
REAL KIDS – Bad to Worse
DICTATORS – Pussy and Money

Outro song:

New Band Spotlight: Street Legal

August 20th, 2010 by

From the latest issue of MRR, here’s Robert Collins’ demo review of a great new Midwestern band to watch out for!

Robyn of Street Legal (photo by Justy Betterton)

I pulled this out of the demo box at MRRHQ and knew I had to review it. Not because I thought it would be good, but rather because one look at the cover and I knew how awful it would be, and I reveled at the thought of hiding anonymously behind these newsprint pages and ripping to shreds the painstakingly crafted work of some punk kids thousands of miles away (news flash folks, that’s really why we do this, we get our jollies saying that your precious bands are horrible) and leaving them with shattered dreams and ink-stained fingers. Well, the joke’s on me this time, because that demo featuring the crudely drawn middle finger with two butt cheeks on the back of the hand and the title: Butthand AKA Street Legal… the demo fukkn rules! Male/female vocals (mostly female, and she sounds like Ivy from ALLERGIC TO BULLSHIT/MIAMI minus the rasp — totally bad ass), totally melodic, but fast as shit and with fukkn killer guitar work that will make you question why you ever bothered playing in a band — cause chances are you ain’t writing hooks like these, kiddo. I bet that live STREET LEGAL (or is it BUTTHAND? I really hope it’s BUTTHAND) has the same energy that NECRO HIPPIES did when they passed through a few months back — in fact the sound is not dissimilar, though STREET LEGAL/BUTTHAND are a bit more melodic. “Knocked Off My Feet Again” is a total classic, and the way the bass rushes in afterwards to start “Ode to You” is perfect… My only negative observation is the demo quality of the recording, but fukk me, it’s a demo and all the power is there so I’ll shut up. As I wipe the egg off my face, I strongly encourage you to drop them a line, and hopefully we can expect a slightly more high fidelity recording from them in the near future.