Memory Hole: Under the Surface

Before it was an R&B group, Surface was a dance band, with one of the best vocalists no one has ever heard of. What happened to Karen Copeland?
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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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In the Studio with Victor Simonelli

Every month 5 Magazine's Man+Machine features talks about musical machines and the men & women who love them. This month, ahead of his date headlining 5 Magazine's Eight Year Anniversary Party, we talked about the...
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Monoman: The 5 Magazine Interview

Does the name Monoman mean anything to you? How about 'Matty Lopez'? 'Matthew Johnson'? They are all aliases of one and the same guy, whose elusiveness is at least partly by design.
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Mike Huckaby: The 5 Magazine Interview

Lights burn out; hype fades away & becomes subject to ridicule; bottle rockets roar and then pop. But if you're looking for a guide to charting your way through the underground, Mike Huckaby wrote the...

WildPitch Atlanta: DJs are taking back the nightclub

5 Magazine talks to Andrea Sutherland, part of a team with DJ Pierre and Afro Acid that brought WildPitch Music Hall to Atlanta.
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Dayton: The Sound Of Music (Jon Iler & John Simmons Mix)

An edit from Chicago's Jon Iler and John Simmons brings long lost funk band Dayton back into the spotlight. Dayton - The Sound Of Music (Jon Iler & John Simmons' Sound Of Chicago Mix) Not On...
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It’s Time To Jack Again

Chip E on Carl Cox remaking Time To Jack and Chicago House Music lore of Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy in the studio.

In Residence with Country Club Disco, Detroit

The rebirth of Detroit and the metro area is a shock but not a surprise. Decades after the city was given up for dead, small pockets of creativity and resistance have thrived, grown large...
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Listening Room: Kelly Sylvia on Remedy (Blood and Stone)

There's a story behind every track, or at least the good ones. Welcome to our new music discovery feature, Listening Room, in which we share a stream of a new track and ask its creator...
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Kate Simko and Jeffrey Weeter’s Live AV Experience

Welcome to the future, or one iteration of it. Synesthesia is what they call the association between sight and sound and other sensations, and for most of us it's involuntary. But Chicago's Kate Simko and...

Label Profile: Mazi, Nathan Drew Larsen and Fresh Meat Records

5 Mag's Label Profile series continues, with curiously in-depth overviews of some of our favorite House Music labels and the people behind them. This month we're featuring Mazi (aka Audio Soul Project), Nathan Drew...

Mark Farina: What The Future Looks Like

TEN YEARS FROM NOW... good music will still be good music and bad will still be bad. All the sub-genres established by the early sounds of House and Techno will change names/titles and be...
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Terrence Parker: The 5 Magazine Interview

NOT TOO LONG AGO, my good friends Dysqo and Rhyno called me, all hyped on a certain DJ they wanted to bring out. He uses a telephone as his headset (the old school kind)...
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Listening Room: RaShaan Houston on Be With You (2014)

There's a story behind every track. Or at least the good ones. Listening Room is our (somewhat neglected of late) music feature devoted to discovering new music and learning the story behind the tracks...

Alexander East: Enter Planet East

Alexander East is that rare renaissance man in this scene - spinning records, singing on them, a master of a half dozen different instruments (and probably more). Born in Brooklyn, he's done an amazing...
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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...

Label Profile: DJ Mes and Guesthouse

5 Mag's Label Profile series is a new feature, with curiously in-depth overviews of some of our favorite House Music labels. Recognizing that most labels (especially these days) are a labor of love of...
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Kerri Chandler: Atmosphere (5MagLove)

Kerri Chandler: Atmosphere EP I had such a tough time deciding between the Atmosphere EP and Computer Games. I eventually had to put taste aside and stand back to admire the way that this four...

This is the Disco Documentary We’ve Been Waiting For

For the public at large, it's all about KC. For people who really love music, it's Gino Soccio, it's T-Connection, it's Boris Midney and Queen Samantha and more. Behind these artists was TK Disco, and...
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