MAXIMUM ROCK’N’ROLL #409, $4.99, 8½” x 11”, copied, 111 pgs.

Sep 20, 2017

Is there a West Coast punk whose life remains untouched by MRR? Well, there probably are some these days; the chain bookstore in which my high school punk crew would sit and read through entire issues isn’t even in business anymore. But anyway, it’s MRR; you pretty much know what you’re gonna get. This issue is actually pretty stacked, at least as far as my personal interests go. Several fest features, including an interview about Break Free, a POC punk fest in Philadelphia that looks fucking awesome, as well as photo spreads of Oklahoma City’s Everything Is Not OK and D.C.’s Damaged City Fest. There’s also a rad—and dangerously daydream-inducing—oral history of Thrillhouse Records, which recently celebrated its unlikely ten-year anniversary. Also some cool columns, including one about the radical potential of Latin language education. Part of me wants to review their review of the last Razorcake in hopes that someone will review my review of that review in the next issue, but it’s never gonna happen. –Indiana Laub (Maximum Rock’n’roll, PO Box 460760, SF, CA 94146-0760)