Author: Hilary Mahoney

Hilary Mahoney is a live entertainment specialist and former lead music writer for Hoopla, an entertainment periodical published by the Cedar Rapids, IA Gazette newspaper. On a daily basis, Hilary can be found in the trenches interviewing band members and attending live music venues. Among her latest interviews are Lajon Witherspoon and Phil Anselmo. Hilary majored in music in junior college and in 2006, earned her BA in nonprofit administration from the University of Northern Iowa. Her background in music, theater and dance uniquely qualify her to write compelling, informative exposés as well as fueling her ongoing personal pursuit of the bass guitar.

MIKE TRAMP – Maybe Tomorrow

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On February 24th, Danish singer/songwriter Mike Tramp released his latest album, Maybe Tomorrow, two years after his album trilogy- Cobblestone Street, Museum, and Nomad. In the 80’s/early 90’s Tramp was best known as the lead vocalist of the band White Lion, with hits such as Wait and When the Children Cry making the girls with… Read more »


NIGHT RANGER – Don’t Let Up

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35 years. That’s how long Night Ranger has been together. Sure, there have been some line-up changes, breakups and makeups along the way, but Night Ranger is here to show that they Don’t Let Up. Oh, hey, that’s the album name! Many bands from the era that Night Ranger first hit it big try too… Read more »


ART OF ANARCHY – The Madness

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Art of Anarchy- the band name sounds familiar right? Why yes, it is the band that released their self-titled debut album in June 2015, featuring Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) on vocals, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses) on guitars, and John Moyer (Disturbed) on bass, as well as twin brothers Jon (guitar)… Read more »


SHREDDERS – by Greg Prato

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Author Greg Prato is back again with his latest book, Shredders! The Oral History of Speed Guitar (and more). If you are unsure what a “shredder” is, Prato explains in the book’s description: “‘How fast can you play?’ ‘What guitar do you have?’ ‘Who is better, Van Halen or Steve Vai?’ For metal fans in… Read more »


POP EVIL Live! – Wooly’s, Des Moines, Iowa w/Red Sun Rising & Badflower

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The Rock n Roll Now Tour with Badflower, Red Sun Rising, and Pop Evil rolled into Des Moines on a surprisingly warm February evening in Iowa and the fans rolled into Wooly’s. Because the majority of Pop Evil’s equipment was already on stage, the opening bands did not have as much room on the stage,… Read more »


SHALLOW SIDE – One

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Sometimes we can’t just be patient and sit and wait for a full-length album from a band. Thankfully, a lot of bands these days will throw us a bone and give us an EP to satisfy our cravings while they continue working. Alabama’s own Shallow Side has done just that with their latest six-song release,… Read more »


Book Review: The Other Side of Rainbow by Greg Prato

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New York-based journalist Greg Prato is back at it again, releasing his twentieth book The Other Side of Rainbow.  Several of his other books have been reviewed in Screamer in the past and Prao has written for Rolling Stone, Classic Rock, and Vintage Guitar. For those who don’t know the history of the band Rainbow,… Read more »


FOR TODAY – Farewell Tour- Des Moines, Iowa

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On Tuesday, December 13th, fans gathered at Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa to see one of their favorite metalcore bands for the last time. For Today’s Farewell Tour rolled into town, five shows away from their final performance after ten years performing together. Of course, they brought some friends along with them as well. The… Read more »


Not So Silent Night Tour – Spicoli’s, Waterloo, Iowa

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Merry Christmas! If you wanted a dose of hard rock for the holidays, then the Not So Silent Night Tour should be on your list. The buses rolled into Spicoli’s Rockade in Waterloo, Iowa on Saturday, December 3rd. And in true holiday (and Iowa) fashion, the snow began to fall as the bands began to… Read more »


NIGHT RANGER – 35 Years and a Night in Chicago

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The 35th Anniversary of Night Ranger. Does that make you feel old? Well, it shouldn’t because if they can still rock, so can you. 35 Years and a Night in Chicago will be released on December 2nd via Frontiers Music and is available in multiple formats: 2 CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, and MP3 (audio only). Having sold… Read more »


BRIGHT MIDNIGHT – Chris Formant

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“They were the voices of Gantry Elliot’s generation- Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison- comets that lit up the sky and disappeared too soon. Elliot longs for the days when rock and roll blazed with fierce originality, even as he struggles to keep up with current trends as an investigative reporter for Rolling Stone. Still,… Read more »


CANDLEBOX – 25 Years and Going Strong

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Having formed back in 1991, Candlebox has been making music together for 25 years now. Their self-titled album spawned such memorable hits as Far Behind and You. After releasing a total of three albums (Candlebox, Lucy, Happy Pills) on Madonna’s Maverick Records, the band went on an indefinite break around the year 2000 but reunited… Read more »