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 as well as Pulse, a former entertainment magazine based out of Waterloo, Iowa. On a daily basis, Hilary can be found in the trenches interviewing band members and attending live music venues. 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.

GWAR – Live! in Davenport, Iowa – Clean-up On Aisle Three

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What do you do on a cold, windy March evening in Davenport, Iowa? Well, you head to the historic Capitol Theatre, where the Age of Befuddlement Tour has arrived, bringing with it bands Fuming Mouth, Cancer Bats and of course, GWAR. Heading into the beautiful venue, amidst a crowd partially clad in white, and taking… Read more »


RIDING WITH KILLERS – Not As Dangerous As It Sounds

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The name Riding With Killers may not be familiar to you just yet, but the Detroit-based trio, Taylor Roberts (guitar/vocals), Kris Kress (bass) and Jed Thibeault (drums) boast current and ex-members of Taproot, Cathercist, Avalon Black and Wild Fire.  Their recent album, Full Circle was released in December of 2023 and consists of twelve guitar-crunching… Read more »


STEEL PANTHER – Pounces On Des Moines, Iowa

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Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa was transported to the 80s for the evening on February 18 as the Steel Panther show stormed into town.  A portion of the crowd was decked out in denim, big hair, neon and spandex and all were ready for a little glam metal debauchery on a Sunday night. A Steel… Read more »


ASKING ALEXANDRIA: Where Do They Go From Here?

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With two #1 albums and four RIAA Gold-certified singles over the last 15 years, Asking Alexandria has solidified their place as one of the most influential rock bands of this generation. Through years of relentless touring, Asking Alexandria has consistently pushed boundaries and entertained audiences worldwide. The band- Ben Bruce (lead guitar), Danny Worsnop (vocals),… Read more »


ASKING ALEXANDRIA- Where Do We Go From Here? – Album Review

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With their eighth studio album, Where Do We Go From Here? released on August 25th via BETTER NOISE MUSIC, Asking Alexandria delivers a fusion of their signature sound with experimental electronic elements. Produced and mixed by Matt Good and mastered by the legendary Howie Weinberg, the album represents an exploration of the band’s evolution, as… Read more »


BLACK STONE CHERRY – Family, Friendship, Fans

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In the realm of modern southern hard rock, few names resonate as powerfully as Black Stone Cherry. Hailing from the heart of Kentucky, they’ve cemented themselves as pillars of the genre over the years. Fast forward to today, and the band is still burning brightly, celebrating a legacy that spans two decades, marked by both… Read more »


Review – RIVAL SONS- Live! in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Fresh off the release of their latest album, Darkfighter, Rival Sons made a memorable stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on a Tuesday night. The Alliant Energy Powerhouse underwent a transformation into Club 5 for the evening, creating an intimate and club-like setting. Drapery and clever lighting effectively blocked off the upper levels, leaving only the… Read more »


Book Review: Rock & Roll Nightmares: True Stories, Volume 2

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With a description like this, how can you resist picking up a copy of this book? “Rock & Roll Nightmares, Volume 1 scratched the sinister surface with tales of the 27 Club, rock ‘n’ roll suicides, plane crashes, curses, and more. Now the award-winning series continues with concert mayhem, a look at the “baby groupie”… Read more »


Electric Wizards – A Tapestry of Heavy Music by JR Moores – book review

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Now, be honest. What do you expect to be reading about when you pick up a book with “heavy music” as the topic? Most likely heavy metal, right? Well, in Electric Wizards – A Tapestry of Heavy Music, 1968 to the Present,  JR Moores takes quite a different stance on what heavy music is.  To… Read more »


TRINITY OF TERROR TOUR- Alliant Energy Powerhouse, Cedar Rapids, IA

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On Friday, November 11th, the Trinity of Terror Tour took over the Alliant Energy Powerhouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The triple-headliner metalcore tour has been giving equal billing to Black Veil Brides, Ice Nine Kills and Motionless In White, with additional special guest openers on different legs of the tour. Despite a very sudden temperature… Read more »


GOO GOO Dolls and BLUE OCTOBER Live! – Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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What better place to spend a beautiful end of summer evening in Cedar Rapids, Iowa than at the McGrath Amphitheatre for a Goo Goo Dolls show? Well, the weather was beautiful. We won’t mention the slight bug issue as the sun went down on the Cedar River. Besides, some good music and a few cold… Read more »


MATT SORUM – Jive Talkin’

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The Cult. Guns N’ Roses. Velvet Revolver. Kings of Chaos. Grammy Award winner Matt Sorum has been gracing the stage as a member of major bands for the last several decades. In more recent years, Sorum has also been a part of many entrepreneurial and philanthropic ventures, and fans have been eagerly awaiting the release… Read more »