Ashley Perez Hollingsworth is a freelance writer based in Chicago. She currently writes for Genre is Dead!, Reality-Comics, and Chicago Music.
Her work has appeared on The Millions, The Crypt 1331, and New City. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. When she's not writing, she enjoys a good book, going to lots of concerts, and logging in several hours on Mario Kart 8.
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Cotter Consulting would like to congratulate Assistant Project Manager Hannah Ciurej on earning her Master of Engineering in Construction Engineering and Management at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) this past spring. Hannah completed her education, which she started in 2015, with the help of Cotter's tuition reimbursement program, which helps employees achieve their educational...
Toronto punks PUP have quickly grown out of the small venues they frequented only a few years ago. Whereas their last Chicago visit saw them playing Empty Bottle, this time they brought their high-octane energy for the first of two sold-out nights at the Metro with fellow Canadians Casper Skull and Chicago punk rockers Ratboys as support.
Hardcore and indie, dream pop collided when Turnover played a nearly sold-out show at Concord Music Hall on Thursday (May 2). Featuring Chicago band Vortex along with Reptaliens and Turnstile, it was a jarring night that shifted between sweaty, in your face music to slow, mellow easy-going vibes.
Release Date: April 2, 2019 Since Kurt Cobain's death 25 years ago, numerous books have been written in an attempt to figure out who he was. But only Charles R. Cross' 2001 biography Heavier than Heaven gets close enough to give us an answer.
The latest book in Bloomsbury's '33 1/3' series offers an in-depth study on the filmic influence of Siouxsie and the Banshee's 'Peepshow.'
A preview for New City about Night Riots' Chicago show at Subterranean
On May 9, 1980 Sean S. Cunningham unleashed Friday the 13th on the unsuspecting masses and gave birth to one of horror’s biggest icons. Made on a budget of $550,000, the movie became a hit and raked in over $59 million. Everyone was talking about the movie from dedicated horror fans to critics who hated the film’s violence. Gene Siskel was so appalled by the film he called Cunningham “one of the despicable creatures ever to infest the movie business.”
The rapid popularity of Pale Waves is something you either get or don't. The band are critical darlings of the UK rock scene and have quickly gained a fanbase overseas with only one EP to their name. Their meteoric rise has many wondering what it is about them that's got fans going wild.
Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk is a love letter to punk rock. More specifically, it's a heartfelt look at the East Bay scene...
By Ashley Perez As someone who's never been to Lollapalooza, I wasn't sure what the festival had in store for me. Friday's big headliner was Radiohead, which thousands of people were there to see.
By Ashley Perez posted at 12:00 pm on June 30, 2016 Chuck Klosterman is the king of pop culture. No other writer has evidently spent so much time having smart conversations about The White Stripes, "The Sims," or U2.
After more than a decade of making music, New Years Day is still eager to take risks and play by their own rules. The band charts new territory on their latest album, Unbreakable, which sees them embracing pop metal.
It's been a slow, yet steady journey for experimental post-punk band Blessed to get where they are now. Though they've recently released their debut album, Salt, they've been touring, writing, and releasing music since their 2015 formation. The group formed in their hometown of Abbotsford, a small farming town in British Columbia that doesn't have many resources for ambitious musicians.
A year ago, singer-songwriter Stealth retreated to his office to watch a documentary on Charles Bradley, who recorded with the famous Dap...
It's a risky move when a band shifts gears and tries something new. It could be a welcomed change or be lambasted by fans and critics alike. California's Prima Donna put those fears aside and went in a new direction for their fifth album, S/T.
In 1992, Norway was shaken up by a series of church burnings that forever changed the way we think about black metal. Soon after, everyone knew the name Varg Vikernes, the man behind the destruction, a Mayhem member, and writer for Burzum. Media both local and worldwide followed the event further spreading the myth of how evil black metal is. The following year, he committed another heinous crime; murdering his bandmate Oystein “Euronymous” Aarseth. These stories still haunt Norway and the...
"I've been in this industry for 12 years and I got burned by it. That's part of the reason I fell into depression and didn't want to live anymore." Vespera frontman Jonathan Wolfe doesn't try to hide the dark moments in his life. Rather, he uses them to start a conversation.
Used with permission from Razor and Tie Heavy metal rockers All That Remains are coming up on their 20th anniversary this year and even the band can't believe they've made it this far. With an ever-changing musical climate that grows more fickle by the minute, the band stays strong by sticking to their guns and not changing for anyone even if their fans don't like it.
Ask fans what is Creeper and you'll get different answers. Creeper is a community, a cult, and storytellers. The band has their own universe filled with mysterious figures, disappearances, and a private investigator in the middle of it all.
Photo from Wikimedia Commons Some bands just can't keep it together. Lineup changes, breakups, reunions, and in-band fights often plague bands as early as the three-year mark. This is the new norm, making a band that stays together for two decades an analogy. But that's exactly what futurepop pioneers VNV Nation did.
The excitement was high as fans lined up outside the Bottom Lounge on November 6, eager to get inside and secure their spot. Passerbys heading to the bar to watch the Blackhawks started, wondering what everyone was buzzing about.
When I first saw Green Day in 2013 on their 99 Revolutions tour, I thought it was phenomenal. Plenty of people had their complaints, but I couldn't be happier. There were moments during that show that are still special to me. So imagine my surprise when Green Day managed to top themselves for their stop...
On a chilly Tuesday, as some people entered Bottom Lounge for daily drink and dinner specials, a line of people that stretched down more than a block eagerly waited for a night of dancing featuring Charming Liars and Night Riots. But most of them were there for electronic/synth duo known as Blaqk Audio.
A review on the video game Pokemon Sun and Moon
Part seven in a look back of The Crow franchise
An interview with comic writer Ryan Little
War Gods of the Deep This Chicago metal band feels truly special in rock right now. While other bands are comfortable taking no risks, or have settled for genre mash-ups, War Gods of the Deep look back to a simpler, more rebellious time in rock, when comic books were evil, heavy metal was clearly the work of the devil, and what made a song good was a fiery guitar riff-no introspective lyrics needed.
It's Halloween! Time to overdose on candy and watch horror movies. Rock stars even get in the fun and sometimes make...interesting appearances in horror movies. Sometimes it's not that bad, but most of the time it's clear they should stick to music. To get you in the mood for things that go bump in the...
Demonic Cat from The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Cats are supposed to be cute, right? Not according to The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. During the episode "Who Let the Cat Out of the Old Bag's House?" Flapjack finds a white cat and tries playing with it.
Musicians have a way of popping up in the most unexpected places. Whether it's on your favorite TV show, a video game, or even your grocery store. They even invade the world of cartoons. While some artists had their own cartoons, others felt a brief appearance was good enough for them.
Saving the Best for Last Over the years, the Grammys have rebranded themselves as the ceremony where unimaginable collaborations happen. Last year's event saw Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons team up, while Robin Thicke and Chicago joined forces for a medley of hits.
Creative Commons This past Sunday, Feb. 9, marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' landmark performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Not only did it mark the beginning of Beatlemania, it was also the start of their super successful and lucrative career.
It is officially summer in Chicago. As the temperatures reach beyond the seventies and people flock to the beach to cool off, the music festivals make their way to the city. While Lollapalooza and Pitchfork are some of the biggest festivals in Chicago, they are not exactly the most cost effective on a college budget.
Courtesy of CAGE THE ELEPHANT/POONEH GHANA With EDM taking over every song on the radio, reality competition shows churning out generic pop stars and artists trying to find the latest gimmick, authenticity is missing in music. Cage the Elephant makes sure to keep their authenticity alive.
Kevin Winter, Getty Images The 2014 Billboard Music Awards aired on Sunday and promised to be one of the most exciting nights in music. While it didn't really keep that promise, there were several noteworthy moments that got people talking.
Photo courtesy of ABSOLUTEPUNK.COM Photo courtesy of TNLRN.COM Photo courtesy of MONTREALRAMPAGE.COM MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA: Named after the English city of Manchester even though they hail from Atlanta, Manchester Orchestra manages to affect all of your senses at once.
1. "Lazaretto" - Jack White June 10 Ever since the 2011 breakup of the White Stripes, Jack White has made sure to keep himself busy. After the release of his successful 2012 solo album "Blunderbuss," White wasn't sure when his next solo LP would come out. The wait is over.
BY ASHLEY PEREZ With his distinctive baritone, thin-rail frame, and obsessive penchant for gloomy lyrics, Peter Murphy has been spreading his dark vision like a killer virus for the past 36 years in his role as "the Godfather of Goth." Beginning with the iconic underground band Bauhaus and moving on to a lucrative solo career, ...
A small article on eclectic band Melt-Banana
BY ASHLEY PEREZ With a blend of ambient and ethereal music that will send a wave of calm over you, English trio London Grammar have been slowly gaining a dedicated following since the release of their EP Metal & Dust earlier this year. But don't get too comfortable.
BY ASHLEY PEREZ Thrill Kill Kult have been proclaiming their love of synth beats, pulsing rhythms, and suggestive lyrics for almost 30 years. Refusing to be labeled, the Chicago natives have dabbled in sounds including (but not limited to) electronica, funk, disco, and rockabilly. Whether it's the heavy groove of "Kooler Than Jesus" or the ...
The pride of Bowling Green, Kentucky are still riding high from the success of their third album Melophobia, which found the relentlessly shredding boys of Cage the Elephant shredding their previous sound.
A short piece on Janelle Monae for local magazine site Chicago Innerview
BY ASHLEY PEREZ The name may sound like something ripped straight out of the psychedelic '60s songbook, but this indie folk quintet might be modern-day Nashville's best-kept secret. By taking the soulful vocals and blues rock riffs of The Blacks Keys and mixing it with the country twang of Mumford & Sons, songs like "The ...
BY ASHLEY PEREZ Never known to shy away from all things fantastical and ridiculous, Foxy Shazam are one of the oddest bands you've never heard of. Their secret recipe? Taking the excess and fun of glam rock with a dash of the psychedelic and the vibe of alt-rock to cook up feel-good, energetic, good time ...
BY ASHLEY PEREZ Abrasive, in your face, chaotic, and brash are just some of the things you can call Mindless Self Indulgence. Just don't call them predictable. After 17 years in the game, they still refuse to be branded as they continue to mix elements from pop, rock, electronica, hip-hop, and everything in between to ...
10:30AM Laverne and Shirley express the sexual tension between close friends who live together for over three years. I wonder when they'll confess their love. 1PM After fulfilling my sabbath duties, I'm back in bed. Slipping under the covers, I stretch out to relax with a good book.