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.

FOR TODAY – Farewell Tour- Des Moines, Iowa

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On Tuesday, December 13th, fans gathered at Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa to see one of their favorite metalcore bands for the last time. For Today’s Farewell Tour rolled into town, five shows away from their final performance after ten years performing together. Of course, they brought some friends along with them as well. The… Read more »


Not So Silent Night Tour – Spicoli’s, Waterloo, Iowa

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Merry Christmas! If you wanted a dose of hard rock for the holidays, then the Not So Silent Night Tour should be on your list. The buses rolled into Spicoli’s Rockade in Waterloo, Iowa on Saturday, December 3rd. And in true holiday (and Iowa) fashion, the snow began to fall as the bands began to… Read more »


NIGHT RANGER – 35 Years and a Night in Chicago

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The 35th Anniversary of Night Ranger. Does that make you feel old? Well, it shouldn’t because if they can still rock, so can you. 35 Years and a Night in Chicago will be released on December 2nd via Frontiers Music and is available in multiple formats: 2 CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, and MP3 (audio only). Having sold… Read more »


BRIGHT MIDNIGHT – Chris Formant

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“They were the voices of Gantry Elliot’s generation- Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison- comets that lit up the sky and disappeared too soon. Elliot longs for the days when rock and roll blazed with fierce originality, even as he struggles to keep up with current trends as an investigative reporter for Rolling Stone. Still,… Read more »


CANDLEBOX – 25 Years and Going Strong

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Having formed back in 1991, Candlebox has been making music together for 25 years now. Their self-titled album spawned such memorable hits as Far Behind and You. After releasing a total of three albums (Candlebox, Lucy, Happy Pills) on Madonna’s Maverick Records, the band went on an indefinite break around the year 2000 but reunited… Read more »


BLUES PILLS – A Dose Of Medicine For The Soul

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Blues Pills is a band featuring members from multiple countries, so it is no surprise that their popularity is growing, especially in Europe. Their second full-length album, Lady In Gold was released August 5th via Nuclear Blast and since then the blues/rock act have been busy touring and promoting. However, drummer Andre Kvarnstrom was recently… Read more »


Blitzcreek Final Bash 2016

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Labor Day weekend in Center Point, Iowa. For those who are not familiar with the area, you might picture a quiet family gathering over burgers and some brats. If that is what you pictured, you must not not be aware that Blitzcreek is located in Center Point. And where you find Blitzcreek, you are sure… Read more »


OPERATION: MINDSCRIME’s Resurrection

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He has one of the most iconic voices in the world of rock/metal. In fact, you will find his name on many of the “Top Vocalist” lists, including those by Hit Parader and That Metal Show. And that name would be Geoff Tate. Tate fronted the band Queensryche for 30 years (1982-2012) and found success with… Read more »


If It Was My Band… by Emma Scott

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Author Emma Scott is no newbie to the music world, having worked in the industry since the late eighties in fields such as radio and television presenting, promotions, A & R and, these days, radio plugging. Now she is adding the title of author to her resume, with the book If It Was My Band…… Read more »


BLUES PILLS – Lady in Gold

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Blues Pills have followed up on their self-titled debut album with a powerful punch, releasing Lady in Gold on Nuclear Blast Records. The rock/blues band is fronted by a powerful female vocalist, Elin Larsson, and she wastes no time in flaunting her vocal prowess, belting out the title track Lady in Gold,  a fast moving… Read more »


THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT – Bringing Soulful Rock to The States

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The faces of The Temperance Movement may look familiar. Prior to forming their own band, the members played with many big-name acts, such as Deep Purple, Jamiroquai, Ray Davies, The Waterboys, Jack Bruce and James Brown. Since 2011, the band, based out of London and Glasgow, UK have been jamming together, releasing an EP Pride… Read more »


BUFFALO SUMMER – Second Sun

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From South Wales, comes Buffalo Summer and their sophomore album, Second Sun. This band started out as a family affair, as singer Andrew Hunt and drummer Gareth Hunt are brothers. Bassist Darren King was a childhood friend and the three have been playing together since the mid 1990’s and guitarist Johnny Williams joined when he… Read more »