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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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.
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 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...
"You guys need to get out of your comfort zones!" Madonna cried Wednesday night (Oct. 16) during the first of seven nights of the Madame X tour at the Chicago Theatre. Her latest trek in support of her new album is all about taking chances and embracing change.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.