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Czarina Mirani is the editor-in-chief of 5 Magazine. You can contact her at czarina@5chicago.com, via twitter and facebook.
Japan Relief is no longer the cause du jour, but painstaking recovery goes on. To encourage sustained attention on Japan's recovery and send the support of the House scene, Chip E and his wife Liliko organized the Jack4House Benefit this Thursday at Zentra
Jose Manuel Alvarez - also known as Dubbyman - is gracing Chicago's sonic territories this week with gigs at SmartBar and this Saturday at Darkroom
Riva Starr is that quirky, sassy, tongue-in-cheek producer with a savoir-faire that screams original! His sound is refreshingly unconventional to say the least. In 2010, people stood up and paid attention when his critically acclaimed album If Life Gives...
In February 2011, DJ Meme's remix of "The Ones You Love" came out and immediately shot to the top of the download charts. His rework of the Frankie Knuckles & The Shapeshifters' track - one of the overlooked gems...
While many founding fathers of House Music become complacent and rest on their laurels of yesteryear, Frankie Knuckles is busy churning out tune after tune like his life depended on it. Last week he sent me five songs he had...
On January 9th, 2011 history was made. Chicago House DJ Day was born, and to commemorate this event 100 of some of the most influential DJs came together at The Shrine to take an historic photograph entitled "The Architects...

Who is Sonny Fodera?

Hailing from Australia, Sonny Fodera is one of the rising stars of the Jacking House scene, and is making waves with his groovy, funkalicious, ultra-danceable tracks
Sydney, Australia has brought us a dynamic duo in the form of Yogi and Husky aka Random Soul (facebook, myspace) a DJ and production team that has made an indelible mark in just 5 short years. With the addition...
For those of you who were partying in the '90s, you've undoubtedly heard of Mark Almaria (soundcloud, discogs). He was a celebrated fixture not only in the rave scene but also at Chicago clubs such as Crobar, Karma, Metro,...
Going on its 20th year in 2011, Boom Boom Room can probably make the boast of being THE longest House music residency in the world. And combining the fact that it resides in the birthplace of House Music, this...
There is not one Copyright song that I do not like. My music library is filled with tons of Copyright's music, and English-born Sam Holt and Gavin Mills without a doubt deserve the title bestowed to them of House...
Chicago House Music hero Frique is starting a new label called Son of Lea - he gives us the scoop and a free track, No Talk, for you to download in this installment of Chicago Underground from 5 Magazine. The...
5 Magazine's Czarina Mirani interviews a New York dance music legend.
Chicago Underground is a new regular feature in 5 Magazine, in which we'll be featuring Chicago producers and giving away a free download of one of their tracks so you can check out their sound for yourself! This month...
An interview with South Africa DJ and producer Black Coffee at the head of his US tour back in 2010.
Meet DJ Choco (aka G-Dubs) and Junior Rivero (aka DJ Rivero), a highly impressive duo from Washington Heights, New York that call themselves the 1200 Warriors (website, label, facebook, myspace, discogs, youtube). Their music has a funkier edge than...
Bursting onto the scene almost four years ago at the tender ages of 13 and 16, the Bronx-born Martinez Brothers have infused new blood and hope in what many see as a plateauing scene. Much hoopla has been made...
Creative people gravitate towards each other naturally, and when it comes to two artists that are known to crossover musical genres it's no surprise that House icon Cajmere and hiphop diva Kid Sister would come together. Their new track...
Ever since his debut album The World as I See It came out in 2006, Dennis Ferrer's name has been synonymous with sounds that are innovative, fresh and borderline risky, reaching success via a slow burn. His music has...
In Chicago, Bad Boy Bill (website, discogs, twitter, myspace, facebook, youtube) is best known for his mix shows on WMBX, WGCI and B96 and he is credited to being the founding father of the mixtape. With a career...

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