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.

BOBAFLEX – Charlatan’s Web

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A follow-up to Bobaflex’s 2011 album Hell In My Heart (which featured hit singles Bury Me With My Guns On, Chemical Valley, and a remake of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence) has much to live up to, and the boys have taken on that task with confidence. Released on September 10th via BFX Records… Read more »


Reinventing Metal by Neil Daniels

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On September 10th, Backbeat Books released Reinventing Metal:The True Story of Pantera and the Tragically Short Life of Dimebag Darrell by Neil Daniels. There is no doubt that Daniels is a music fan, as he has written several books, covering such artists as Judas Priest, Robert Plant, and Iron Maiden. His bio on his website even refers… Read more »


MEGADETH – David Ellefson Talks Life and Deth

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When you are a member of a multi-platinum selling band such as Megadeth, life doesn’t really slow down much, even when you are 30 years down the road. Screamer Magazine alum ( he was a monthly columnist back in 1993) and Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson knows that all too well. While on a three week… Read more »


METALLICA: The Trash Stash by Jerry Ewing

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Though it is an “unofficial and unauthorized” book, Metallica: The Thrash Stash is a perfect coffee table book for any true Metallica fan. Author Jerry Ewing is a rock journalist who has written for such publications as Metal Forces, Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, and Stuff. A quote from the book’s introduction makes Ewing’s metal fandom clear…. Read more »


Philip Anselmo – Technician of Distortion

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True metalheads most likely need no introduction to the name Philip Anselmo. He was, of course, the voice of one of heavy metal’s most legendary bands, the “Cowboys from Hell”, Pantera. However, as there are surely some metal newbies out there, a brief rock history lesson may be necessary. The backbone of Pantera was founded in 1981… Read more »


BLUE OCTOBER- Sway

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Blue October’s seventh album, Sway, will be in stores and online on August 20th. The band is known for their thought-provoking, gut-wrenchingly honest lyrics and intense music. Vocalist Justin Furstenfeld pours his heart out in his words, and this album is no exception. However, while some songs in the past were covering  darker subjects such… Read more »


JESSE JAMES DUPREE – Taking a Bite Out of Life’s Ass

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No one can accuse Jesse James Dupree of being a lazy man. If you know him only as the frontman for Jackyl or that guy from the Full Throttle Saloon TV show, you don’t even know the half of it.  What doesn’t he do? He has his own bourbon and his own beer.  His aptly… Read more »


MOTORFINGER – Coming in Clear

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One glance at the cover of the EP Coming in Clear by Oslo band Motorfinger, and there is no question what kind of music you will be hearing.  Alternative rock, grunge whatever you want to call it. The band is clearly paying homage to bands of the early 1990s. Their name itself is a reference… Read more »


CODY BEEBE & THE CROOKS – Authentic Roots Rock

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Selah, Washington is the kind of town where you wave at each person you pass. A small, agricultural town, unlike the fast-paced existence of neighboring Seattle. So it’s no surprise that out of a town such as Selah, would be born the nucleus of Cody Beebe and The Crooks, a  hard-working, roots rock band. What… Read more »


CODY BEEBE & THE CROOKS – Out Here

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The music of Cody Beebe and The Crooks cannot be easily defined. Roots rock, Americana, blues-based, organic, down-home, funk the list could go on and on. The band’s sophomore album, Out Here, released on May 7th, is an eclectic musical journey that maintains a centralized sound that is uniquely them. Out Here begins with raw, bluesy tune Alleyway and… Read more »


OLEANDER- Something Beautiful

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Post-grunge band Oleander first hit the airwaves in 1999, with huge hits like Why I’m Here and I Walk Alone. Their music was featured in several popular television shows and movies and they continued to pump out the tunes until they went on hiatus in 2004. Though they apparently reunited in 2008, no new music… Read more »


PROSPECT HILL LIVE- April 7th – Tailgators – Cedar Rapids, IA

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Blitzcreek Bookings has done it again by bringing national talent to the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area. On Sunday, April 7th, Prospect Hill rolled into the parking lot of local bar, Tailgators for their seventh straight show in as many days. Prospect Hill hails from Massachusetts where they have been pounding the pavement for several years… Read more »