MAXIMUM ROCK’N’ROLL #422, $4.99, 8½” x 11”, newsprint, 112 pgs.

One of my favorite parts of Maximum Rock’n’roll is the columns. While the ones in this issue varied in terms of quality, I did want to make a special mention of the “Sex Work Is Real Work” column by Natly Loveless. Sex work is such an important thing to discuss and any attempts to humanize it are worthwhile. So, it’s very cool that MRR gives it a place in their pages. As for the interviews, once again it’s a thorough collection of bands I’ve never heard of, including Muro, Haircut, Gen Pop, and more. It seemed that in more than prior issues, the band interviews were rather dull. Even if you’re not into the bands Razorcake covers, it can be interesting reading the interviews because they have a conversational tone. A number of the interviews in the latest issue of Maximum Rock’n’roll are simple Q&A. I’m guessing they were done via email. They remind me of the kind I used to do when I had a fanzine in the ’90s. Such interviews can be interesting, but they don’t allow much of an interest to build in the band unless you already know who the act is. All of this means that this issue is rather lackluster compared to others I’ve read recently. –Kurt Morris (MRR, PO Box 460760 SF, CA 94146-0760)