MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #371: $4.99, 8½” x 11”, newsprint, 144 pgs.

Jul 03, 2014

The facts: Newsprint. Stalwart of scene. Columns, reviews, interviews, photos, art, ads. The April issue, which usually means a bevy of long-running April Fool’s jokes, but while I didn’t read every word front to back I could find hardly one. The cover, obviously: “The ALL COLUMNS ISSUE!” And most likely Felix Von Havoc’s one about releasing an acoustic CD. But that’s about it. Interviews with New York’s Alright Fest people, O! Kult, Stab, Bill Bondsmen, Woolf, Rational Animals, Crapoulet Records, Varix. Like many volunteer-run efforts, the visual and written aesthetics wildly vary, but that’s always been the case with MRR. Personally, I especially appreciate how much effort (via interviews, columnists, scene reports, etc.) obviously goes into making MRR a truly international, expansive endeavor. –Keith Rosson (MRR, PO Box 460760, SF, CA 94146-0760)