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.

Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More – Book Review

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Type in a search for “Faith No More books” on your favorite search engine or online store. There will be a surprisingly short list- one came out in 1994 and therefore leaves much of the story still to be discovered, one (The Faith No More and Mr. Bungle Companion) which was also reviewed here in… Read more »


CLUTCH – Book of Bad Decisions

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For over 25 years now, the fellas from Maryland that came together to form Clutch have been producing their own unique brand of rock. At times bluesy, psychedelic and even punk; and at times irreverent and always witty and intelligent. Clutch recently released their 12th album, Book of Bad Decisions via their own label, Weathermaker… Read more »


VISTA KICKS and Their Booty Shakin’ Rock N’ Roll

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Four young men who have known each other most of their lives made the decision to pool their talents together and form a band. Those young men- Sam Plecker, Nolan Le Vine, Trevor Sutton, and Derek Thomas- released an independent EP in 2016 and began making waves on Spotify and YouTube. In the fall of… Read more »


MYLES KENNEDY – Year of the Tiger

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Myles Kennedy’s vocal prowess is well known in the world of rock, having been voted Loudwire’s Vocalist of the Year three times as a result of his work with Alter Bridge and Slash. After decades in the industry, Kennedy has finally released a solo album, Year of the Tiger. The album shows Kennedy taking a… Read more »


SAXON – Thunderbolt

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After 40 years, Saxon is still going strong, releasing their 22nd album, Thunderbolt. Battering Ram in 2015 was their latest release, and although there have of course been a few line-up changes throughout the years, Biff and the boys don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon as they embark on leg one of their… Read more »


ADRIAN VANDENBERG – The Dutchman Returns

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Once upon a time, a young Dutchman rose to fame for his prowess on a six-stringed instrument called a guitar. He even had a band named after him (Vandenberg), and then joined one of the biggest bands of the 1980’s (Whitesnake). He traveled the world with that guitar, making hearts happy. But then that Dutchman… Read more »


VANDENBERG’s MOONKINGS – MKII

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Adrian Vandenberg’s newest project Vandenberg’s Moonkings has released their second album. Released November 3rd, via Mascot Label Group, MKII is evidence that there is no “sophomore slump” for the Moonkings. Right out of the gate, the album’s first video release and opening song, Tightrope provides a glimpse of what can be expected on this album,… Read more »


L.A. Guns- The Missing Peace

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How many of your favorite bands that debuted in the 80’s are still putting out new music? Sure, there are a handful, but those numbers are fairly low. Well, after years of lineup changes, and even two bands using the same name for a period of time, L.A. Guns are back with The Missing Peace… Read more »


REVOLUTION SAINTS – Light In The Dark

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After debuting in 2015, the Revolution Saints are back with their sophomore release, Light In The Dark. If you aren’t sure who the Revolution Saints are, the band is comprised of some well-known musicians: Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees), Deen Castronovo (ex-Journey, Bad English), and Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies, ex-Whitesnake, DIO). Blades on… Read more »


JACKYL – Celebrating 25 Years of Rowdy Rock n’ Roll

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Think back to 1992. Many bands made their debut around that time. Now think about how many of them are still together. Or how many haven’t broken up for a length of time and perhaps gotten back together and barely resemble the old band, with perhaps only one or two original members. Very few have… Read more »


JACKYL – 25

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It might be hard to believe that the band Jackyl is celebrating their silver anniversary. It’s been 25 years since The Lumberjack came out and Jesse James Dupree started playing the chainsaw as a musical instrument? Yes, yes it has. And Jackyl has stayed just as raunchy and wild as they were in 1992. To… Read more »


Black Sabbath: The Illustrated Lyrics Vol. 2: Songs of Protest and Apocalypse – Book Review

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From the Royal Publisher of Oz comes their latest book release, Black Sabbath: The Illustrated Lyrics Vol. 2: Songs of Protest and Apocalypse. Author Joe Bongiorno is taking his readers on an in-depth journey through each and every one of Black Sabbath’s albums from the 1970’s. This second book in what will be an eight… Read more »