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Crime fiction can be misunderstood. It can be seen as just a lowly wordsmith letting his most depraved fantasies loose on the pages. This is rarely the case. Crime fiction is a mirror that crime fiction writers hold in front of the world. “Crime” is simply defined as the breaking of law, stealing is stealing. […]

Looking at art, there may be two camps. There may be more, but we’ll look at two. One is using a visual medium to relay some grand idea. This can be so varied as to really dodge a specific classification. This is the statement “art is what you want it to be.” The other kind […]

What do Conan O’Brien, The Simpsons, and Mike Trash have in common?  Apparently, a band name.  The Erotics are Albany’s home-grown answer to The Andrews Sisters.  They’re not only prettier, but they play rock and roll like nobody’s business. Clever, irreverent lyrics growled over classic rock riffs, their songs are all orgasm and no foreplay.  […]

RRX: MIke Skill is one of the founders of The Romantics and has a brand new record coming out called “Skill……Mike Skill” Mike: That’s right. I felt it was time to actually get my name out there and display what I’ve got. A lot of people call me “Skill” anyway. RRX: And everybody calls me […]

Interview and Photos by Amy Modesti “You got your family that you were born into, and you got your family that you choose. And that second family, you’re drawn to through chemistry.” – Lori Friday – Our music community is inner twined, ever grown. Musicians meeting for the first time at music jams, concerts, or […]

As we trade in our pumpkins carved for pumpkins served, we are once again thankful for the Xperience November Issue! Featured are Ian Carlton, Chuck McDermott, Mike Skill, with special guests The Erotics, Peshy Kruger, Nicole Alkurabi, S.A. Cosby, Melanie Chirignan and more! Xperience November 2021 – Digital Edition  

A Celebration of the Life of Gino Nistico We’re all gonna die.  There will be a gravestone, Date of Birth, DASH, Date of Death.  That DASH, represents your life.  Your family, your friends, your adventures, your sorrows and happiness, they are all in that DASH.  If you are lucky, that DASH means something. After witnessing […]

Boston to Berkeley II at Petco Park in San Diego, CA Oct 10, 2021 with Rancid and Dropkick Murphys This was a super energetic show, the Murphys are just so damn tight, they are pros for sure and Rancid kept it pretty old school, playing a lot of older tunes as well as opening with […]

Skillet – the successful Grammy-nominated hard rock band currently on tour pushing their upcoming record “Dominion” – somehow balances the required amount of rock and roll hubris, promotion, imaging, and messaging with their faith. That’s as good of a reason as any to go check them out.  The band made Empire Live (Albany) rumble happily […]

RRX: The Velmas have gotten a lot of accolades in our region, including “Best Alternative Band” and “Best Rock Band” by Metroland. You have your own acolytes, the “Velmites.” Considering how hard it is for any band to make it these days, I think props are in order. So, ordered. And I’ll ask; what’s the […]

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