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 – 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 »


THE GLORIOUS SONS – The Union

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Hailing, from Kingston, Ontario, Canada comes the blue-collar band The Glorious Sons. Their latest release, The Union has already been rocking the Canadian charts for some time, but the band is now making their way to the United States of America. The album is made up of eleven songs, including two songs from their previously… Read more »


SCOTT WEILAND: Memories of a Rock Star – Book Review

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While Scott Weiland’s death in late 2015 may not have been surprising to those who knew his history, it was still a sad day for the many that grew up to the soundtrack of Stone Temple Pilots and also to those who may have discovered Weiland later on, perhaps as a part of Velvet Revolver…. Read more »


SMILE EMPTY SOUL – Shapeshifter

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Los Angeles’ Smile Empty Soul is back! It’s hard to believe that their hit Bottom of A Bottle came out all the way back in 2003! Realizations like that sure can make a person feel old! Since then, they have released five more full length albums, and April of 2016 brings a six song EP,… Read more »


WALKING WITH GIANTS – Worlds Unknown

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How often does this happen? A musician plans to get a cover band together to perform songs by some of his favorites, such as Sevendust and Alter Bridge. When he can’t find the musicians for that cover band, instead he forms an original band with members of Sevendust and Alter Bridge. Well, that is actually… Read more »