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MRR Radio #1579 • 10/15/17

Strace and Strayla vote MITCH CARDWELL for President of Punk.  Intro song: AQUARIUM - Human Current Sounds from the New Bins MR. WRONG - ...

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Secreto Público

MRR Radio #1578 • 10/8/17

Matt is joined by Ben and Claudia for just another hour of the best new punk and hardcore worldwide! Intro ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #414 • Nov 2017

Are y'all ready for Maximum Rocknroll #414? Our November 2017 issue will teach you a thing or two all about ...

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Flipper rules, OK?

MRR Radio #1577 • 10/1/17

Phillip Greenlief spent an afternoon in the stacks. This is what he came up with. BAD RELIGION - You Are the ...

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Jackal (photo by Zack Rogers)

New Blood! ESCØRT, WITCHTRIAL, JACKAL, VANTA, and UNIVERSAL PEACE

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

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Monday Photo Blog: Live in Berlin


February 28th, 2011 by

Way back in November, Hubert from Poland sent a tasty batch of photos he shot in Berlin.

Urban Blight, Berlin (photo by Hubert)

Vaaska, Berlin (photo by Hubert)

Destino Final, Berlin (photo by Hubert)

If you shoot shows and have photos you want to submit for the MRR Blog, send them 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 like to exercise a little quality control here…not everything sent in will be posted. Please size your photos so they are 600 pixels (72 dpi) at the longest side.

EARLY WARNING: The Powers That Be at MRR and I have started talking about doing a new photo issue. This one will most likely focus more on people who were shooting in the early days of punk. If you know of any unsung photographers, undiscovered photo collections of punk bands from the late ’70s – early ’80s, or are just interested maybe in interviewing someone, drop us a line!



MRR Radio #1233 • 2/26/11


February 27th, 2011 by
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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: Fred, Langford and Mariam destroy your brain F with devastatingly awesome hardcore tunes. Radio is a killer, is a killer, is a killer yeah!

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Intro song:
AGONY BAG – Rabies is a Killer

Agony Bag

Fred – New records for the next generation!
CRIATURAS – Arañas en el Corazon
LA LA VASQUEZ – Why?
DARK RIDES – Dance for Rain
HIMEI – ? (title in Japanese)
BRAIN F≠ – God No

Langford – The soundz inside my brain
SLOANE PETERSON – Can’t Shake You Tired Eyes
CROWD CONTROL – Terror Cycle
HELL SHOVEL – Stealin’ Candy
SLUGFUCKERS – Artificial Slits
FLESHIES – This Is the City Where All the Dirty Assholes Are Safe

Mariam – Brutalizing the Boys With My Hardcore
FIRMEZA 10 – Raza Salvaje
SECRET PEOPLE – False Reality
MAUSER – End of the Line
NO STATIK – The Corpse We Will Become
ICEAGE – White Rune

Fred – Bringing it back home
MERCHANDISE – I Locked the Door
ESTROGEN HIGHS – Kaleidoscope
ADD/C – How the West Was Won

Outro song:
CLOSET FAIRIES – Popular Science



Killer Zine: Langdon Olgar


February 24th, 2011 by

Wow, this is amazing. Langdon Olgar is put together by the women who organized the anti-street harassment group, Hollaback London, to raise funds for that and other feminist organizations. This fanzine is engaging and empowering at the same time. It looks incredible. I am not sure what printing method they used but it resembles a literary journal mashed up with an old issue of Vague magazine. The content moves from the theoretical to the personal: women’s stories of survival, assault, of existing in this rape culture and what that actually means. This is about resisting psychic death, about reinforcing your existence in the face of doubt, fear and misogyny. “It was a compliment, love. Relax and enjoy it!”

It’s hard for me to put into words how good this is. The writing about street harassment is just amazing, how it contextualizes it with the wider feminist struggle and with women’s various forms of self-expression in the face of repression and fear. There are so many different voices represented and expressed. Every piece is powerful and well thought-out. This is an incendiary document!

The artwork is what brought to mind Vague magazine — it has that cut-up, post-punk/Situationist feel. There was one line that really stuck with me, that seemed like it was alluding to the misogyny inherent in Vice magazine: “Just because it’s free, doesn’t mean you’re not consuming it.” Obviously, this contains mostly female voices, but there are interviews with allies, including an interesting talk with Ian MacKaye about the Fugazi song “Suggestion,” and one with a man about what it means for him to identify as a feminist.

You can order Langdon Olgar at ldn.ihollaback.org/langdon-olgar, and they are taking submissions for the next issue before April 1st.



Record of the Week:
MAUSER End of the Line EP


February 23rd, 2011 by

Oh shit! This record slays! Straight outta Gainesville, FL. Alright, here’s what we got: throaty and pissed vocals, with more scream and less growl, that are blown out with some reverbed and echoed effects. MAUSER has a SKITSYSTEM feel, with lyrics are about hopelessness and how a shitty job and 9-to-5 will kill you. I am a sucker for powerful drumming, and theirs is driving and simple, but with some really precise fills. It’s just as methodical in precision as Swedish stuff, but more balls and anger than study.

This sounds much like FRAMTID and a less blown out DISCLOSE, with similar guitar squeals. The leads are simple. No dick stroking here, just straight up, menacing disgust — not intended to impress, just intended to maim. Sludgy, but not indecipherable bass that might throw off your heart beat. The track “New Threats” is fucking psychotic.

This record has all the raw and anger that got me into punk in the first place. Yes, they like DISCHARGE, but they are honoring, not aping. Well done. Get this record. (Vinyl Rites)



Wow, what a show! Brontez Dance Company (and friends) 2/11/11


February 22nd, 2011 by

Brontez Dance Company, with Brilliant Colors, Pigs, and Tagi Maalik at the Berkeley Art Museum • February 11, 2011

Review by Anna Brown, photos by Janelle Blarg

When does modern dance defy boredom? When Brontez Purnell is on stage.

The debut performance of The Brontez Purnell Dance Company at the Berkeley Art Museum  felt like a watershed moment. Maybe it was the physical space. A museum has a way of making things seem momentous, different from a warehouse or a punk club where witnessing unique, radical performance is expected. But on a Friday night in February, I had the feeling Brontez Purnell + dancers may have done the impossible: made “free jazz” relevant to punk. Consider this: there is nothing more punk than getting on stage and doing something that scares the shit out of people. In this case, it just happened to be dancing.

Brontez Purnell, MRR columnist, noted author of Fag School ‘zine, and member of bands the YOUNGER LOVERS and GRAVY TRAIN!!!!, can really dance. He began leading “free movement” classes to a bunch of fearless volunteers in San Francisco and has been channeling his enormous energy toward choreography — live, and in short films — ever since. To watch him move is something to behold. He says, “I started  back in October and wanted to do this as a way to exorcise my dance demons. I  was working on some pieces at school (I’m a theatre/dance major at Cal State East Bay) and wanted to see the pieces come to life. I wanted to start a company that was mostly people I saw at shows.  Some people had issues with my lack of ‘professional dancers,’ but they can suck it.”

Brilliant Colors (photo by Janelle Blarg)

On this night the amazing conga player Tagi Maalik, and the bands PIGS and BRILLIANT COLORS, provided the musical backdrop for a series of short pieces punctuated by black-and-white films. In one scene, PIGS played a pounding rendition of “Electric Funeral” as the dancers depicted an impressionistic story of death and rebirth. There were three or four acts, some were narratives with a story to tell, others were loose and groovy. Finally, the audience was invited up on stage to participate in a lesson, so we, the spectators, could feel the dance revolution for ourselves.

Punk + free movement. Could this be the beginning of something transformative for us all? Brontez Purnell and Company are daring you to inhabit your inner dancer: Move and be moved.