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.

JIZZY PEARL – Putting Love/Hate To Bed

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Love/Hate rose to fame in the early ‘90s with vocalist Jizzy Pearl at the helm. Their debut album, Blackout in the Red Room received the title Best Album of the Year in both Kerrang! and Metal Hammer magazines, backed by the success of singles Why Do You Think They Call it Dope? and She’s An… Read more »


Even Keel: Life on the Streets of Rock & Roll by Ron Keel

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I invite you to take this journey with me, one page at a time. This is a story about a working class kid who became a rock star- an outcast and misfit that grew up trying to figure out the same shit as everybody else: who the hell am I, what’s life all about and… Read more »


JIZZY PEARL – Crucified

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What began as a release from early 90’s band Love/Hate, perhaps best known for their tunes, Blackout in the Red Room and Wasted in America, has, at the final hour, become a solo release by former frontman Jizzy Pearl. Due to the threat of some legal ramifications, Pearl decided to go a slightly different route… Read more »


THE FAITH NO MORE AND MR. BUNGLE COMPANION

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With a chapter entitled “Shit Terrorist”, how can you go wrong? The Faith No More and Mr. Bungle Companion is Greg Prato’s tenth book, including such titles as Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other:The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind… Read more »


BREACHED – Canadian Baby Making Music

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“The band’s story begins in late 2010 when four men met in an undisclosed hospital delivery room. No one will ever know what transpired that day other than that it inspired something big, something that could only be expressed through music.” This is plucked straight from the bio of Toronto’s Breached, a heavy melodic rock… Read more »


BREACHED – Left Behind

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Breached is a heavy melodic rock band hailing from Toronto. While you may not have heard much of them yet, you surely will soon. The band released their third five song EP, Left Behind on October 22nd. The album is full of intense guitars by Mike Diesel, expressive lyrics from the melodic vocal chords of… Read more »


EYE EMPIRE – Evolve

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Eye Empire is not a band to sit back and wait for success to come to them. The band features members of Dark New Day, Submersed and the Texas Hippie Coalition and has released two albums (and an expanded version of their first) and played 800 dates in the last three years. Their newest offering… Read more »


DREAM THEATER’S James LaBrie – “It’s About Us Being Ourselves”

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With total album and DVD sales exceeding 10 million worldwide, Dream Theater are an iconic band in the prog rock world. After over 20 years and multiple albums, 2011’s A Dramatic Turn of Events earned the band their first ever GRAMMY nomination for On the Backs of Angels. Vocalist James LaBrie recently took some time out… Read more »


My Life With Deth by David Ellefson

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Oftentimes, when a reader picks up a copy of a musician’s biography, they can expect to find a sad story, full of troubled childhood tales , addiction, and unfortunately, in some cases, death. Thankfully there are some stories out there with a little more hope to offer and that is the case with My Life… Read more »


2 Minutes to Midnight: An Iron Maiden Day-by-Day by Martin Popoff

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Martin Popoff has authored 41 books on hard rock, heavy metal and the like, covering bands such as Rush, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, and is now releasing 2 Minutes to Midnight: An Iron Maiden Day-by-Day (Backbeat Books), an innovative form of band biography. As the title implies, it is a day-by-day look at the career of… Read more »


KOBRA AND THE LOTUS – She Is The Kobra

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Quality female-fronted metal bands are somewhat hard to come by. For many years, the genre has primarily dominated by males, but Simmons Records/UME band Kobra And The Lotus, featuring vocalist Kobra Paige, are here to challenge that domination. Classical composers Vivaldi and Beethoven may not seem like the most obvious metal influences. However, this is where Paige… Read more »


BOBAFLEX – Bringing All Out Assault to a Stage Near You

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The feud of the West Virginia/Kentucky Hatfield’s and McCoy’s has become American legend, having become synonymous with any long-standing, bitter feud. The story has been immortalized in countless television shows and movies, and most recently, both a mini-series and a reality show on the History Channel. This is no history lesson, but the McCoy brothers… Read more »