Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Music Journalist/Creative Writer

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.

Email: [email protected]


Content Creation

A journey up the mountain with Engineers without Borders | Cotter

Most of us never think twice about our access to clean sanitation systems. But that access is not a guarantee for those who live in the small community of Parque Colani in Western Bolivia. It was hard to believe that 85% of the community has no access to functioning latrines.

From Pliés and Pirouettes to Project Management | Cotter

Ballerinas are known for their grace, skill, and beauty - not traits typically associated with project management or construction consulting. But behind the leotards and tutus is years of patience, self-discipline, and a lot of structure to master the craft. I later discovered these principles are also key in construction.

Cotter Consulting
Hannah Ciurej Completes Master's Program at IIT! - Cotter Consulting

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...


Recap and Photo Gallery: PUP at Metro

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.

Turnover and Turnstile lead eclectic showcase at Concord Music Hall |

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.

Newcity Music
Lollapalooza 2016, Day Two

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.


GENRE IS DEAD! Interview With 3Teeth's Alexis Mincolla - GENRE IS DEAD!

It's lights out at the Metro in Chicago. The stage is bathed in black while the crowd buzzes, waiting in anticipation for the next moment. The music gradually gets louder prompting the crowd to start cheering and applauding. Alexis Mincolla growls "Life to life/waste to waste/I'm harbinger/the master of decay" and the crowd goes wild slamming and moshing against one another.

GENRE IS DEAD! Interview With Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia - GENRE IS DEAD!

The past year has been full of hardship, celebration, and reflection for Italian metal band Lacuna Coil. 2019 marks their 20 th anniversary, but it's also a year of loss. Recovering from the death of her parents in 2017, frontwoman Cristina Scabbia and the rest of the band experienced further loss with the death of two close friends earlier this year.

GENRE IS DEAD! Interview With Alien Weaponry's Ethan Trembath - GENRE IS DEAD!

New Zealand's Alien Weaponry practically took the metal world by storm last year with the release of their debut album Tū. Blending thrash metal with their Māori culture, their fresh sound quickly earned them slots on major festivals, being hailed as the next big thing in metal, and touring with major acts, including Ministry.

Interview: Sam Hart revisit’s black metal’s darkest stories with a twist in Tales from the Black...

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...

Reality Comics


Newcity Music
Five Chicago Bands You're Not Listening To (But Should)

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.

Radio Not Found
Top 10 Rock Stars You Forgot Were in Horror Movies

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...


Music's biggest stars celebrate 50 years of the Beatles

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.

Concert hopping on a budget: Cheap and easy alternatives to Lollapalooza

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.

Chicago Innerview

PETER MURPHY - Chicago Innerview

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, ...


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 ...

CAGE THE ELEPHANT - Chicago Innerview

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.


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 ...

Published Poetry

Church on Sunday

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.

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