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Producer Factory

EDM Reaches a New Low: Meet ProducerFactory.com

Update: We obtained contracts pointing to the ownership of ProducerFactory, and have published them here.   This is what rock bottom looks like. Meet ProducerFactory.com, a site which turns the black magic of music fakery into...
Frankie Knuckles

Breaking: Frankie Knuckles Has Passed Away

Update #2 - This Entire Scene Was Frankie's Dance Floor: Frankie Knuckles, 1955-2014 ---- Update - Apologies to everyone. We published the below note at about 9:30pm CDT. By 9:45, the site had crashed from the...

Help Colonel Abrams

Item: An appeal from House Music legend Marshall Jefferson on behalf of Colonel Abrams. The multifaceted performer on more classic tracks than any man could count is in "dire straits" after both health and...
video

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...

Out Now! 5 Magazine’s Issue 125/December 2015

Issue #125 of 5 Magazine is now available. Inside this issue: DJ Psycho: Greatly loved, highly outspoken and a madman behind the tables: Czarina Mirani talks to Dezi Magby, aka DJ Psycho from Detroit. Richard Earnshaw:...

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...

Danny Krivit Celebrates 10 Years of 718 Sessions

Danny Krivit, who played for his first dancefloor four years before I was born, is celebrating a number of milestones this month. In preparation for one of them, Nervous Records is releasing a new...

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...

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,...

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...

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...
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...

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...
Records

Your Guide to Record Store Day in Chicago: House Music Edition

Bargains & beats, DJs and drinks: Record Store Day is Saturday, April 20, 2013, and here's a very House Music-centered guide to getting it on in Chicago: Easy to forget, but when Record Store...
Frankie Knuckles

Full Coverage of the City of Chicago Frankie Knuckles Tribute Tues June 3 2014

As announced previously, this June 3, 2014, the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will be holding a dance party in Millennium Park to pay tribute to Frankie Knuckles. The festivities...

And Now The Singers: More Chosen Few Picnic 2015 Announcements

Three days, three announcements representing the entire breadth of underground electronic music in the Midwest, from Chicago's Chosen Few Picnic to Movement in Detroit and Soulful House to Techno. Now comes the third announcement,...

The Rumors of SFX’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

The schadenfreude is dripping like blueberry vodka from a supersoaker. Seemingly every person alive with a bone to pick with Beatport, with EDM festivals or just with EDM in general has been gloating over...

Happy Birthday! 5 Mag Issue 136 is Out Now

DJ Spen, Phil Kieran, Mateo and Matos and more highlight 5 Mag's 11 year anniversary issue.

Time Out’s List of the Top 10 House DJs of All Time Is Completely...

Any list that doesn't have Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy in the top two can be safely ignored.

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