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2015 Chosen Few Picnic Lineup Announced

The Chosen Few DJs have announced the line-up for the 2015 Chosen Few Picnic. Louie Vega and Kenny Dope (Masters at Work, NYC) are among the guests at this year's event -- the 25th annual,...

Chicago Fire Guts Producer’s Studio and Home

On July 24, a fire ripped through a building in the 128 North Campbell in Chicago. It was home to a number of artists, eclectic businesses as well as a couple who were celebrating...

Theaster Gates’ New Art Space to Host Frankie Knuckles’ Record Collection

We heard about this earlier this year but the cat is out of the bag. ArtNews posted a story about Chicago artist Theaster Gates, who we'd been informed discretely was working with the late...

Cop Jeremy Sylvester’s Sound in Back to 95 Producer Pack Volume 3

If you're going to use sample pack beats, you may as well go to the source. Both Rick Wade and, to the point of this piece, friend of 5 Mag Jeremy Sylvester have dropped...
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Whatever Happened to Judy Cheeks?

Remember Judy Cheeks? The preacher's daughter and supremely underrated vocalist can make a fair claim to having been one the most versatile and enduring dance music vocalist of the last 30 years. Example: Judy released...

The Last Dance: Southport Weekender to Shut Down

Twenty-eight years after it began, the organizers behind the world's largest soulful music event have announced that they're packing it in. With "heartfelt sadness," Alex and Dave said in a statement that it was time...

Bandcamp Just Opened Up Subscriptions for Everyone

The coolest site for selling music and merchandise just got even cooler. Bandcamp - the marketplace that allows artists to sell their shit and then gets out of the way - has opened up...
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Download Traktor DJ For Free (Legally, Even)

If it's a promotion, it's sailed under the radar so far. Native Instruments' popular Traktor DJ app for iPhone, iPod and iPad has recently been cut down to a price of $0. That's right:...
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Watch the Trailer: Jeff Mills in Man From Tomorrow

Axis Records has posted the trailer for Man From Tomorrow, the 45 minute experimental documentary about Detroit Techno pioneer Jeff Mills. Director Jacqueline Caux is known for her artistic take on the documentary genre, which...

Dance Mania Residency Launches at Primary December 4

Public Housing and Primary are teaming up to launch a new Thursday night residency featuring the legendary Dance Mania Records. With resident DJ Rees Urban, Dance Mania All-Stars launches this Thursday, December 4th at...
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808 The Documentary Makes its Chicago Premiere April 17

Fresh off a debut at SXSW, the documentary on dance music's quintessential machine is set to debut in Chicago this April 17. 808 The Documentary, the film about the ubiquitous drum machine that powered House...

Vinyl Surges, Streaming Tops Physical Sales For First Time

Praise the DJ, because vinyl is the only thing propping up music sales right now. Sales of vinyl surge while mp3s continue their decline and streaming takes a bite out of everything... The Recording Industry...

The Obama Library at the Chosen Few Picnic?

The Obama Foundation announces Jackson Park - home of the iconic Chicago House Music festival - as site of the presidential library.
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Colette Prepares 20 Track Remix Project “Retrospective”

Colette's gigantic Retrospective project is available for pre-order, featuring remixes from Derrick Carter, Sonny Fodera, Kaskade, Scrubfish, Justin Martin, Rubb Sound System, Johnny Fiasco, Change Request and more.
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Sek’s Hide and Seek – Free Download from Large Music

Chicago's Large Music is giving away a free track Greek producer Sek, who is releasing his second EP, Inside Out, on Large in two weeks. You can preorder the EP here from iTunes.     Text: To celebrate...

Vincent Montana, Jr., Pioneer of the Philadelphia Sound, Passed Away Today

We first heard it from a Facebook post from Jellybean, and it looks like the news is true. Vincent Montana Jr, a producer, arranger, conductor, musician, founder of the Disco era Salsoul Orchestra and...
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Moog Gives a Send Off to The Little Phatty Synth (Video)

Legendary synthesizer manufacturer Moog announced today the discontinuation of the oft-beloved "Little Phatty" synth, created in 2006 as a tribute to the life and legacy of founder Bob Moog. In a short documentary released today...
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City of Chicago Announces Tribute to Frankie Knuckles

The City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has revealed the date and location for a special all-city tribute and dance party in tribute to Frankie Knuckles. The event will be held...

Frankie Knuckles Movie, The Warehouse, To Shoot in Chicago

A feature film about the life of Frankie Knuckles, The Warehouse and Warehouse founder Robert Williams is going forward and is scheduled to begin shooting in Chicago. Producers Joe Shanahan (Metro/SmartBar/Double Door), Bob Teitel...

Hey DJ: Mixcloud Wants Your SoundCloud Mixes

It's been rough going for SoundCloud. Attempting the difficult pivot from a "freemium" model to a pure play streaming site, the embattled company (I think we can apply that word now!) has felt the...

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