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.

METALLICA: The Trash Stash by Jerry Ewing

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Though it is an “unofficial and unauthorized” book, Metallica: The Thrash Stash is a perfect coffee table book for any true Metallica fan. Author Jerry Ewing is a rock journalist who has written for such publications as Metal Forces, Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, and Stuff. A quote from the book’s introduction makes Ewing’s metal fandom clear…. Read more »


Philip Anselmo – Technician of Distortion

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True metalheads most likely need no introduction to the name Philip Anselmo. He was, of course, the voice of one of heavy metal’s most legendary bands, the “Cowboys from Hell”, Pantera. However, as there are surely some metal newbies out there, a brief rock history lesson may be necessary. The backbone of Pantera was founded in 1981… Read more »


BLUE OCTOBER- Sway

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Blue October’s seventh album, Sway, will be in stores and online on August 20th. The band is known for their thought-provoking, gut-wrenchingly honest lyrics and intense music. Vocalist Justin Furstenfeld pours his heart out in his words, and this album is no exception. However, while some songs in the past were covering  darker subjects such… Read more »


JESSE JAMES DUPREE – Taking a Bite Out of Life’s Ass

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No one can accuse Jesse James Dupree of being a lazy man. If you know him only as the frontman for Jackyl or that guy from the Full Throttle Saloon TV show, you don’t even know the half of it.  What doesn’t he do? He has his own bourbon and his own beer.  His aptly… Read more »


MOTORFINGER – Coming in Clear

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One glance at the cover of the EP Coming in Clear by Oslo band Motorfinger, and there is no question what kind of music you will be hearing.  Alternative rock, grunge whatever you want to call it. The band is clearly paying homage to bands of the early 1990s. Their name itself is a reference… Read more »


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 »