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.

BLUES PILLS – A Dose Of Medicine For The Soul

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Blues Pills is a band featuring members from multiple countries, so it is no surprise that their popularity is growing, especially in Europe. Their second full-length album, Lady In Gold was released August 5th via Nuclear Blast and since then the blues/rock act have been busy touring and promoting. However, drummer Andre Kvarnstrom was recently… Read more »


Blitzcreek Final Bash 2016

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Labor Day weekend in Center Point, Iowa. For those who are not familiar with the area, you might picture a quiet family gathering over burgers and some brats. If that is what you pictured, you must not not be aware that Blitzcreek is located in Center Point. And where you find Blitzcreek, you are sure… Read more »


OPERATION: MINDSCRIME’s Resurrection

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He has one of the most iconic voices in the world of rock/metal. In fact, you will find his name on many of the “Top Vocalist” lists, including those by Hit Parader and That Metal Show. And that name would be Geoff Tate. Tate fronted the band Queensryche for 30 years (1982-2012) and found success with… Read more »


If It Was My Band… by Emma Scott

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Author Emma Scott is no newbie to the music world, having worked in the industry since the late eighties in fields such as radio and television presenting, promotions, A & R and, these days, radio plugging. Now she is adding the title of author to her resume, with the book If It Was My Band…… Read more »


BLUES PILLS – Lady in Gold

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Blues Pills have followed up on their self-titled debut album with a powerful punch, releasing Lady in Gold on Nuclear Blast Records. The rock/blues band is fronted by a powerful female vocalist, Elin Larsson, and she wastes no time in flaunting her vocal prowess, belting out the title track Lady in Gold,  a fast moving… Read more »


THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT – Bringing Soulful Rock to The States

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The faces of The Temperance Movement may look familiar. Prior to forming their own band, the members played with many big-name acts, such as Deep Purple, Jamiroquai, Ray Davies, The Waterboys, Jack Bruce and James Brown. Since 2011, the band, based out of London and Glasgow, UK have been jamming together, releasing an EP Pride… Read more »


BUFFALO SUMMER – Second Sun

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From South Wales, comes Buffalo Summer and their sophomore album, Second Sun. This band started out as a family affair, as singer Andrew Hunt and drummer Gareth Hunt are brothers. Bassist Darren King was a childhood friend and the three have been playing together since the mid 1990’s and guitarist Johnny Williams joined when he… Read more »


Brian “Head” Welch on Faith, Fatherhood and Korn

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Brian “Head” Welch of Korn has certainly made waves in the music world, and not just for his songwriting and guitar skills or the success of the band he helped form. In 2005, he made headlines when he decided to leave the massively successful Korn after having found God. MTV covered the story when he was… Read more »


FULL THROTTLE SALOON – Back in the Saddle Again

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The Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, South Dakota, known as the “World’s Largest Biker Bar,” might also be the most well-known biker bar. Having been a staple of the Sturgis rally for many years, and in more recent years being the subject of a reality TV show, proprietors Michael and Angie Ballard and partner Jesse… Read more »


ROB ZOMBIE, Disturbed, Pop Evil Live! – Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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As the tour buses rolled into the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the fans prepared themselves for what was sure to be a hell of an evening and they were not disappointed, as Pop Evil, Rob Zombie and Disturbed hopped onto the stage on May 17th. Pop Evil being the opening band, they… Read more »


THE GLORIOUS SONS – Canada’s Blue-Collar Rockers

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Breaking into the Canadian music world in 2013 came a band from Kingston, Ontario. Having won the HTZ-FM Rocksearch, they soon had three top 6 Active Rock Singles (Mama, White Noise, and Heavy). By 2014, The Glorious Sons were the most-played new Canadian artist on Rock Radio. The band line-up includes two brothers- Brett Emmons(vocals)… Read more »


BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH – With My Eyes Wide Open: Miracles and Mistakes on My Way Back to Korn

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Much has been said regarding Brian “Head” Welch’s departure from, and eventually return to Korn when he became a Christian. Thankfully, Welch doesn’t leave his fans to make up their own assumptions. He puts it out all out there in literary form. He is already a bestselling author, with 2007’s Save Me From Myself: How I… Read more »