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How to Become a SoundCloud Superstar, One Fake Fan at a Time

Fake views, fake plays, fake fans, fake followers and fake friends - the mainstream music industry has long been about "buzz" over achievement, fame over success, the mere appearance of being everyone's favorite artist...
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The Devil’s Music: Who Is William Onyeabor?

World Psychedelic Classics Vol 5:Who Is William Onyeabor? Luaka Bop In the six months since Luaka Bop's reissue album Who Is William Onyeabor? was released, the obscure, reclusive Nigerian funk and disco musician has been acclaimed...

Goodbye or Good Riddance? The Weird Saga of Green Dolphin

If you're from Chicago you know; if you're not, you're probably wondering why everyone is repeatedly posting news stories about another shooting at another club, another tragedy that's become all too common in recent...
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More Music, Less Neon: Movement Is Growing Up

This year's Movement Festival 2013 by Paxahau definitely didn't disappoint, equipped with five technologically spruced up stages (Red Bull Music Academy, Beatport, Underground, Made in Detroit and the Electric Forest) and over 121 artists...
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Love Train and the Lost History of a Chicago House Classic

Four thousand, five hundred and twenty eight miles from Chicago - in Milan, Italy, the town he grew up in and which he still lives in today - Roberto Corinaldesi found himself at a...
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Unconscious Therapy, New House Music Documentary, Debuts in Chicago (Video)

Centuries (okay, a few years) ago, Steven Harnell began recording footage for something tentatively given the very tentative title of An Untitled Documentary About House Music. A few people asked me about it, but...
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Recorded In Heaven: Remembering Michael Kandel of Tranquility Bass

THE LABELS ON HIS RECORDS SAID that these songs had been "Recorded In Heaven," though after listening you never needed to be told. Tragically, the man that made those celestial tracks - American Trip Hop...

In Residence with Uhuru Afrika, Boston

5 Magazine's residency spotlight features Adam Gibbons and Uhuru Afrika, the incredibly unique Boston club night deeply rooted in the music of Africa and the Diaspora.   "When someone walks in the door, I want them...
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It’s Time: The Soulful House Sound of Sean McCabe

IT'S ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATING to me to find young artists in dance music that gravitate towards soulful music. Since releasing his first tracks in 2003 at 17 years old, Sean McCabe has quietly and...
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How About You Just DJ? Tortured Soul Answers

Seven years ago, I saw Tortured Soul live and said to myself: "This is the future I'm looking at." Everybody I knew that kind of wanted to DJ kind of started to DJ. It seemed...

Everyone Is A DJ. And It’s Only Going To Get Worse.

Blame it on Afrojack, dance music's answer to Nickelback. He made it all so easy, and so lucrative for how easy it is - to mask a fundamental lack of skill, knowledge and creativity...
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How I Play: Joey Negro on the Culture and Craft of DJing

DJs today are confronted with an astonishing number of choices, from vinyl to digital media, controllers, mixers, and the unending stream of more music being released for consumption than at any time in history. It's...
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Some of Your Friends Are Already This Broke: The Problem With Digital Music

"Some of your friends are probably already this fucked." That's how Steve Albini concluded "The Problem with Music", his famous essay breaking down the malevolent economics of the music industry. It analyzed with mathematical precision...

Fred Everything Interview

FRED EVERYTHING might have a funny name, but there's a very good reason for it. He originally earned his moniker because he played "everything" in his live sets at events in his native Canada,...
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The Paul Johnson Story

EVERY PRODUCER, DJ, dancer or fanatic will tell you that House music is in their blood. DJs drag their crates from gig to gig, from city to city, passing mix tapes on anyone that...
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Where To Buy House Music in Chicago

It's a cliche, but buying music these days is something more commonly done behind a computer, in isolation, than in person and in your neighborhood. Especially with DJ-centered genres like House Music, Techno and...

It’s 2015. Why Is It So Hard to Press a Record?

"SIX MONTHS?" It's on the high end of the spectrum, but that's how long a friend of 5 Mag's was told it would take to press his next record. Record Store Day and the...

Where House Found A Home: Chicago and South Africa’s House Music Explosion

My dearest Chicago, you are the architect for the house that Jack built, but did you have any idea that your music was fueling the rage and resistance against apartheid? Did you know that...

House of Music: Stefano Zito and the Sudden Life and Death of the World’s...

There are no good guidebooks to Italo Disco, no beginner's manual, no elegant list of essential tracks that can get a young record nerd started on his or her way into one of the...

John Morales: The Return of the Disco Legend

In music, and especially in underground music, the word "legend" is thrown around to the point where it loses all meaning. What is a legend? It's someone who broke the mold - someone whose sounds,...

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