i am the child of the wasteland....a land of haunted houses and monsters i call father. dark talents run in the family, but i shatter the glass to let the moonlight in, not to destroy something fragile for the feeling of breaking beneath my fists. all i can do is scream, crawl out, and keep screaming. but i can hold the sparrow, mend its wing... i am the spring rain and the hurricane... the monsters cower now, not me, not you. *xn*

Rick Van Benschoten onstage Rick onstage
Rick onstage Xn onstage as a girl eats her clothes
Xn onstage Xn onstage
ACTS MAGDALENA onstage at Continental Xn's stage assistant
ACTS MAGDALENA onstage at CBGBs Xn Merry by Pierre Jelenc and Tim of Emily's Shadow
Raul Vasquez, drummer extraordinaire Raul V and Lou Rossi
Rick at Xn's computer, somewhere in there Rick Van Benschoten onstage
Rick the man in the mirror Rick at the board
Rick onstage Xn Merry onstage at CBGBs
Xn Merry onstage at Fetish Planet Xn Merry and Rick Van Benschoten
Xn Rick and Scout with pink wine Xn and Rick and Ugly Shyla dolls in Atlanta
ACTS MAGDALENA Guitarist Yuval onstage at CBGB Xn in Atlanta with her first Ugly Shyla doll creation
Onstage at CBGB Xn at Fetish Planet, Ugly Shyla doll on mic
Onstage at Fetish Planet Onstage at Continental
Onstage at Continental XN onstage
Xn and Rick onstage Dave, previous guitarist, left to become a dad
The invite the eve of Rick's US and world tour with Laurie Anderson, living legend performance artist Xn seriously onstage
Xn smiling onstage at our first ever performance Xn onstage- later in bloom
Xn in Atlanta with the Ugly Shyla doll that lives on her micstand Xn at Contempt at Remote- a live feed online from the club
Xn and Rick at Contempt Sippin' at Contempt
Xn and Rick at Contempt Xn and Rick at Contempt
Xn thinking she can eat her own ACTS MAG EP Xn does all of ACTS MAGDALENA's art





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"Any band brave enough to tag it's first CD with the line "remember when listening to music felt dangerous"
had better have the goods or prepare to be cracked by critics.
Well, Acts Magdalena does - and then some…"
BILLBOARD MAGAZINE, Excerpt, Continental Drift., Larry Flick


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REVIEWS, a few we have received. Excerpts.
Shuffle's Cue and Ehh? Interview with us
Grave Concerns Interview with us
Starvox "Women Who Rock" feature with Christian
Red Triptych Part One, "BUTTERFLY"
Brittle Bones.. amazing flash, grotesque beauty
My Pet Skeleton.. stunning artist. Directed Mushroomhead's latest video.
STATIONS from MP3.com that played us and showed their support endlessly.
Jett Black Starvox interview with us
The Art Conspiracy, Christian's Art, check out "eye, word, sound, and physical"
Personal band member's pages and link collections.
GUESTBOOK and a link to our old one (hated the pop-ups). Say hello sometime.
BIOs short sweet band member bios
MUSIC on SOUNDLIFT, free music from my band and the entire world
fatal1ty, the *1 gamer in the world. MTV 's "True Life" featured him.
LYRICS for the songs on our soundlift site
FORUM for future discussion on ACTS MAGDALENA or to just sit there and look pretty.
My friend Jan McLean's dolls of unique sweetness, light and personality- beautiful.. her daughter did make-up on the LOTR films, no she doesn't have Legola's number in grey havens
My friend Ugly Shyla's dolls of the twilight, darkness and hell, and they love it, so do i
My friend Ugly Shyla's band Psychonaut 75
Read foreign diaries and journals- you can translate whole webpages here, many many languages
DOGBITE MUSIC, "Get More Good Stuff", cool music site

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