MAXIMUM ROCK’N’ROLL #418, $4.99, 8½” x 11”, newsprint, 104 pgs.

May 23, 2018

After having written for Razorcake for thirteen years and having read Maximum Rock’n’roll for over twenty years, I can’t help but wonder if there have been punks who seriously and ferociously debate which of these two fine publications is better. For me, they both cover a number of bands I’ve never heard of, and with music reviews that can be snarky. One of the big differences is with the columns. Those in MRR have always been more political, whereas Razorcake has Rhythm Chicken. Razorcake is bi-monthly, whereas MRR is somehow capable of putting out a zine every month. Also, one hundred percent newsprint vs. ninety-eight percent newsprint. These are some good starting points for any of you punks who want to debate this. Oh yeah, and this issue of Maximum Rock’n’roll has interviews with Martha, Snob, Mauradeur, Neo Neos, Senyawa, F.I.T.S., ISS, Eric Bifaro, Not On Tour, and more! There’s also all the other good stuff: columns, reviews, letters to the editor, et cetera. As always, worth picking up if you’re into bands you’ve likely never heard of and enjoy the smell of newsprint. –Kurt Morris (Maximum Rock’n’roll, PO Box 460760, SF, CA 94146)