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.

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 »


MATT SORUM – Double Talkin’ Jive Book Review

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From his childhood in Long Beach, California watching Ringo Starr on the Ed Sullivan show  to his meteoric rise in the music industry in bands such as The Cult, Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, Double Talkin’ Jive takes readers through Matt Sorum’s entire journey of relationships, decadence and rock n’ roll.  We have all… Read more »


BLACK STONE CHERRY – On The Human Condition

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Kentucky has a rich history in the world of music, and out of its musical depths has grown Black Stone Cherry, the epitome of modern Southern rock. Formed in 2001, the band is soon to hit their 20th birthday and through the years the original lineup has stayed solid- Chris Robertson on vocals and guitar,… Read more »


DAVID ELLEFSON – An Unstoppable Force

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This year has certainly not been what any musician was expecting. Touring came to a grinding halt, often causing a delay to album releases and other promotional plans. Many bands have made the most of things, using the internet to promote their music the best they can. None seem to have taken the bull by… Read more »


TOKYO MOTOR FIST – Lions album review

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Tokyo Motor Fist is comprised of Ted Poley (singer of Danger Danger) and guitarist Steve Brown of Trixter, as well as drummer Chuck Burgi (Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, Bon Jovi) and bassist Greg Smith (Ted Nugent, Rainbow, Alice Cooper). Born from a long-standing friendship between Poley and Brown, the band has recently released their sophomore… Read more »


PUDDLE OF MUDD – Welcome to Galvania

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Although Puddle of Mudd’s singer Wes Scantlin has certainly seen his share of headlines in the last decade, it might be hard to believe that the band hasn’t put out a full-length album since 2009. Until Welcome to Galvania, that is. Although Scantlin is the only name you might recognize from the original POM days,… Read more »


ASKING ALEXANDRIA – Like A House on Fire

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Asking Alexandria released their sixth full-length album via Sumerian Records on May 15th. Despite a brief period with a different singer, the band has mostly remained intact since hitting the scene in 2008. Their sound however has most definitely evolved and matured in many ways throughout the years, which is very evident on Like A… Read more »


DENNIS DeYOUNG – 26 East, Vol. 1 – Album Review

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Dennis DeYoung, formerly of Styx has released his latest solo album, 26 East, Vol.1, via Frontiers Music Srl. Named after DeYoung’s former address where Styx formed in his basement, this album is full of nostalgia, hope and that voice that is still as strong as it was when Styx began. The album description lists all… Read more »


HER CHARIOT AWAITS – Her Chariot Awaits

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Under the guidance of writer/producer/guitarist Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob comes a new group  called Her Chariot Awaits, featuring Ailyn, formerly of Sirenia on lead vocals. That combination, along with Jeff Thal on drums and Brian Gearty on bass melds into a fascinating combination of heavy, assertive rock and melodic, classically influenced vocals. Orlando has… Read more »


METAL CHURCH – From The Vault – album review

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It’s hard to believe that Metal Church’s debut album came out in 1984. That’s coming up on 40 years of massive metal rockitude (that’s a word, right?).  As is the case with almost any band that has been around that long, there have been multiple line-up changes through the years but Mike Howe returned on… Read more »


POLARIS – The Death of Me

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Australian metalcore phenoms Polaris have followed up their successful debut album, The Mortal Coil with the highly awaited The Death of Me. As might be expected by the name, this isn’t a peppy, upbeat record. Instead it is a heavy, highly emotion-filled outlook on the world that will most likely speak to many people at… Read more »


HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD – New Empire, Vol. 1

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already been fifteen years since Hollywood Undead were formed and started sharing their signature sound with the world behind those masks of theirs. The band is now about to drop their 6th full-length album, New Empire, Vol. 1 via Dove & Grenade Media/BMG. According to Johnny 3 Tears, the… Read more »


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