MANUAL DEXTERITY: 8 ½” x 5½”, 60 pgs.

Nov 22, 2011

An indie/punk music zine, leaning more towards the indie side of things, that occupies the strange stylistic purgatory between “zines” and glossier independent “magazines”—it feels like a black and white bootleg of a larger, full-color glossy magazine. And if you follow me, the content is kind of the inverse of that. The dogged enthusiasm of a DIY zine editor is behind all this (interviews, reviews, etc), but it is getting crammed into slick, preconfigured boxes—the same old stock questions that haunt the echo chamber of band interviews and are the crutch of say, A.P. magazine, are all here, which I find boring. The spirit and work are already in place here, but the interviewers could stand to take a lot more risks in their questioning to make this (ahem) rise above. –Dave Brainwreck (PO Box 1616, Monticello, MN 55362, mandexzine.com)

 

 

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