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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...

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...

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...

Beatport Partners With Spotify

The streaming world continues to shift and warp, this time teaming up two ostensible competitors in the name of taking on Apple's curated playlists. Beatport has announced a partnership with Spotify, according to a release,...
Judy Cheeks

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...

King Britt Releases 9/11 Tribute Track, 9.11.13 (Free Download)

For fans of King Britt's more experimental sounds, the Philadelphia producer released a lustrous, moving "9.11.13" - written, he says, "today for today" - as a free download. Emotive to the marrow.  

You Can’t Get Enough of Josh Wink’s Balls

Philadelphia's Josh Wink is releasing his first EP in four years on his acclaimed Ovum label. "Balls", the sprawling title track, is a return of sorts to the rugged 303-based material he released in...

Video Shoot for Terry Hunter’s Message Track We Are One Tomorrow

I think you can tell an issue's reached critical mass when Stephen Colbert uses it as a punchline. Which happened with the issue of Chicago violence this week. Colbert suggested that if America was...
DJ Rashad

Get Behind This: DJ Rashad Tribute in Chicago Thursday May 15

DJ Rashad's friends are coming together on Thursday May 15 at Evil Olive for a tribute to the fallen juke & footwork producer and DJ, presented by Evil Olive with Teklife and Paul Johnson. Scheduled...
Congress Theater

Congress Theater Will Reopen, But EDM is Still Banned

Big news today that may bring the long, tortured saga of Chicago's crumbling landmark Congress Theater in Logan Square to a close. Darryl Holliday of DNAinfo is reporting that a redevelopment plan for the Congress...

DJ Psycho Hosts a Funkadelic Pre-Release Party

Detroit Techno Militia and Deep Space Radio resident DJ Psycho will host an exclusive pre-release live broadcast of Funkadelic Reworked by Detroiters on October 22 2017.

Save the Frankie Knuckles Mural!

For the last 16 months, the smiling face of the most wonderful man in Chicago has greeted travelers on the El from atop a building at Fullerton and California. Recently, however, the Frankie Knuckles mural...

How to Fix Beatport? Make Money

There have been a couple of relevant pieces published in the last few days about Beatport, by knowledgeable people who have some skin in the game regarding the fate of dance music's largest download...
5 Magazine Issue 140

Happy Holidays! Issue 140 of 5 Magazine

Eli Escobar, Booker T, Ant LaRock, a free EP of tracks from Closer To Truth and more in issue 140 of 5 Magazine. Get inside.
5 Magazine Issue 157

Soul Survivors: Inside the New Issue of 5 Magazine

The life and times of John Morales, German DJ/Producer YENI, the musical renaissance of Detroit's Filthiest and more inside 5 Magazine Issue 157, out now!

The People That Ruined Radio Are Ruining The Company That Ruined Radio

IHeartMedia, formerly Clear Channel, just filed the 30th largest bankruptcy in history with $20 billion in debt.
Frankie Knuckles

Chicago Has Lunch with Frankie Knuckles

And so can you. The fabulous series of daytime lunch parties, the Absolut Lunch Break presented by Flavorpill, concludes for the season next Thursday October 24th with Chicago's own Frankie Knuckles. If you're not familiar...

Cajmere Leaks Details of New Album Too Underground For the Main Stage

The hype ain't daftpunkian yet, but Cajmere (aka Green Velvet) just leaked details of the tracks and collaborators on his forthcoming album, Too Underground For The Main Stage. The album will feature 10 new tracks,...


Duke Shin and 5 Years of Bringing The Goods

Exclusive mix and interview with Duke Shin, purveyor of fine beats and impresario behind The Goods Thursday nights, celebrating their 5th anniversary.




12 Years of Breaking Records

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