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

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.

Friday the 13th Retrospective - Part 1

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.”

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 Drew Riekman Of Blessed - GENRE IS DEAD!

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.

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...

Interview: Mike Martin reflects on 20 years of All That Remains and staying successful in this...

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.

Live Reviews

Radio Not Found
I'm Still Breathing: Green Day at Aragon Chicago

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...

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...

Radio Not Found
13 Musician Cameos on Cartoon Shows

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.
The most awkward moments from the Grammys

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.


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.

Cage the Elephant unleashed at Aragon

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.

Looking forward: Top five summer album releases

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.

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, ...

LONDON GRAMMAR - Chicago Innerview

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 ...

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.

MOON TAXI - 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 ...

FOXY SHAZAM - Chicago Innerview

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 ...

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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