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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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Video of the Week: Erin Yanke, punk rocker!

March 9th, 2012 by

Sometimes, someone comes along and says perfectly what you feel in your heart, but can’t articulate. Check out this video interview with the sagely Erin Yanke, punk drummer, KBOO/MRR radio personality, roadie, audio documentarian, ad infinitum, from Portland, OR, as she explains the beauty, allure, and value of punk better than anyone yet. In nine minutes, while wearing rubber gloves! Video of the week! and well worth nine minutes of your precious time.

Wow what a show! Steve Lake of ZOUNDS & Tommy Strange in SF 8/23/11

September 6th, 2011 by

Steve Lake of ZOUNDS and Tommy Strange at the Hemlock in SF, 8/23/11

Reunion shows are always an emotional gamble. They offer a chance to see the great bands you missed but grew up loving, or an opportunity to relive the glory days of your youth when you felt every chord in your bones! When they live up to your expectations, reunion shows are transcendent. When they don’t they can leave a rotten spot on your heart for years.

Steve Lake and friends (photo by Mandy Lake)

So when word got out Steve Lake of ZOUNDS was playing all the best songs from the Zounds 7″s and the LP The Curse of Zounds! I was a little worried, so much was at stake. Zounds have played shows recently with different lineups throughout England and Europe, but have never played in the States. This is due, in part, to Mr. Lake’s deep fear of airplanes. But when he was let go at work, and given a modest severance package he figured the time was right, and he took an ocean liner to New York to see the country and play some shows. He played a house show in Berkeley where he met Jason Willer (Enemies, Alaric, Cross Stitched Eyes) who insisted on accompanying him on drums, and Jason got Dave Ed (Kicker, Neurosis, Jesus Fucking Christ) to play bass.

Steve Lake (photo by Mandy Lake)

So at the Hemlock last Tuesday night, Tommy Strange and Buzz Lee opened and played some nice angry ballads (Tommy is so great, and underappreciated as a lyricist) before Steve Lake took the stage, alone, with his guitar. Stripped down, with only a rhythm guitar, the songs took on a strange poetic intensity. What lyrics! They didn’t lose any of their power or profundity. After about six classic songs, he was joined onstage by Dave on bass and Jason on drums. They sounded great, and it was strangely emotional. Steve Lake was charming and funny, with sweetly self deprecating between-song commentary and insights. Mr. Lake is frequently asked to play these songs, but he has only recently started saying yes, rather than no. He says, “It brings me joy to perform them with a great deal of commitment, again, to the point where I have started to write more Zounds songs.”

A new record is out now The Redemption of Zounds. Did you know “This Land” was inspired by Woody Guthrie, and then inspired Christ on Parade? Of course you did.

More shows are coming up on the West Coast in September with a different lineup.

Wow, what a show! Black Rainbow/ Younger Lovers/Alabaster Choad/ Displeasure in Colma(!)

August 24th, 2011 by

Black Rainbow, Younger Lovers, Alabaster Choad, Displeasure, July 16, 2011 @ Serra Bowl in Colma, CA. Show review by Anna Brown, still from video by Sarolta Jane Cump.

Black Rainbow (video still by Sarolta Jane)

The bowling alley, it turns out, is a fine place for shows. If you clear a space in the arcade and set up a shitty P.A., the bands are pretty audible over the sound of crashing pins. You can get a grilled cheese and fries at the snack bar, or onion rings if you’re vegan, and belt out some Luther Vandross on the karaoke stage in back between bands.

Younger Lovers (video still by Sarolta Jane)

Serra Bowl was a weird scene on Saturday night. The punks, the bowling alley folk, and the professional karaoke singers all got along fine, though. And the bands were great.

Alabaster Choad (video still by Sarolta Jane)

Brontez was in the house with The Younger Lovers, celebrating their self-titled record release. Best record cover ever, BTW. And Black Rainbow played a loud and wild set in front of the Joust game. But, in an even more surreal moment, Exene Cervenka, (who was in town making a movie about Ivy Jean) sang acapella, old depression-era country songs, and even “The World’s a Mess,” wearing overalls and sounding just as tough as ever. There was a moment there when I was sure I was dreaming.

Exene Cervenka (video still by Sarolta Jane)

Wow, what an ART show…
Janelle Hessig’s Carnal Comics

August 9th, 2011 by

Opening night for Janelle Hessig’s “Carnal Comics” show at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records in Oakland, CA, 7/21/11. Reviewed by contributor Anna Brown…

Janelle Hessig’s art show was everything fans could hope for and more. The beloved talent behind Tales of Blarg did not disappoint. Young punks get ready to grope each other by the river, a leather clad werewolf rides a Harley down the highway, girls eat pizza wearing just their panties, and we are treated to a detailed map of Middle Earth’s sex trade, where Golem is a butt boy, the orcs will beat you senseless, and the elves will fuck your mind.

Every detail was beautifully rendered in gouache and framed on the walls of Oakland’s finest record store, 1-2-3-4 Go! as part of its anniversary gala, which included shows and a record swap. A personal favorite, “Werewolf Bait,” has a lonely teen waiting up in her bedroom late at night, bedecked in sausages and sitting on a bloody steak, hoping to attract her werewolf crush. Check out this show while it’s still up. Janelle’s art is a treasure of the scene. It’s sexy, subversive, smart, and hella funny.

Word on the streets is prints will be available sometime soon.

(art and photo by Janelle)

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.