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.

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 »


GONE FOR DAYS – Your New “Guilty Pleasure”

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One often hears the story of how a band forms; yet most often, it is a story of members who have known each other since they were teenagers, or musicians who knew each other from playing in bands within their local music scene. You don’t often hear of a band that started writing songs together… Read more »


The Room – Open Fire

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UK melodic rock  band The Room are utilizing their music to support a worthy cause. The band released their single Screaming Through The Noise on March 3 with all proceeds donated to the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT). Vocalist Martin Wilson is deeply connected to this  charity, as his son Joshua battled with retinoblastoma, eventually losing… Read more »


SEVENDUST – We Have A Lot More To Do

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Snake Nation’s ninth album will be released on March 26, 2013. Oh wait. You don’t know who Snake Nation is, you say? Let’s try this again, Sevendust’s 9th album, Black Out The Sun, will be released on March 26, 2013. As some die-hard fans probably know, when the members of Sevendust originally got together in… Read more »


LOVE AND DEATH – Between Here and Lost

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January 22nd saw the release of Love & Death’s debut album Between Here and Lost. The band is fronted by Brian “Head” Welch, former KoЯn guitarist and rounds out with Michael Valentine on bass, Dan Johnson on drums and JR Bareis, also on guitar. The listener is greeted with The Abandoning’s first line, “Wake up sleepy,… Read more »


DAYLIGHT ROBBERY – Cross Your Heart… And Hope To Die

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Birmingham, England, birthplace of heavy metal acts such as Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, has produced another act worthy of making its way into your music library. Daylight Robbery has been described as heavy melodic rock, classic rock, and AOR. With influences such as Tyketto, Journey,and Europe, their musical roots are clearly very firmly planted… Read more »


HER BRIGHT SKIES – Sold their souls to Rock & Roll

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Jönköping, Sweden is a city with a population of around 90,000, which was once known for its matchstick industry and is now home to the central warehouses of several corporations, including IKEA. Though you may not be aware of it, Jönköping is also a sort of breeding ground for musical talent. ABBA’s Agnetha Fältskog was… Read more »


12 Days of Christmas – Third Street Saloon

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Just a little over a month after the Big Dogs Reunion featuring Royal Bliss, Blitzcreek Bookings rocked Cedar Rapids, Iowa again by hosting the Winter Riot (or 12 Days of Christmas) Tour at Third Street Saloon on December 8, 2012.  This event was co-sponsored by Neon Dragon Tattoo and Body Piercing. With eight bands squeezing into… Read more »


SOMETHING UNTO NOTHING – S.U.N.

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In the beginning, the members of Something Unto Nothing (S.U.N.) agreed that in order to write the best, trend-free music they could, they needed to get away.  So, in the mountains of Canyon Country, they found an old, deserted shack.  They got supplies to last them two weeks, and set out to write a complete album.  The… Read more »