MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL #353: $4, newsprint, 8½” x 11”, 144 pgs.

Jan 15, 2013

On the steel toe heels of the 30th anniversary issue, what else can be said about MRR? Except that despite the three decades of chronicling punk, the zine has not only managed to keep things fresh with surveys, world news, and columns punched out by a rainbow of folks but has established itself as being synonymous with North American punk. #353 is no different. On the cover, Drew, the singer for Brain Tumors, screams into the mic, eyes closed, an arm’s length away from the all-ages crowd. On the inside of the cover, past the Top 10s, politico columns are bent on asking questions rather than posing answers, while George Tabb’s retell of his over-salivating dog’s anxious journey to the vet adds some levity, balancing the scales. Further in, a journalistic snapshot of the scene in Peru is revealed plus an interview with Brain Tumors by Paddy Costello of Dillinger Four. Thorough with book and movie reviews, including a couple vegan cookbook reviews, MRR rolls on as part megaphone, part distro—a one stop shop for all your punk needs. –Kristen K. (PO Box 460760, SF, CA94146-0760,