Music & Art in a Time of Political Despair, plus 15 years of Dirt Crew Recordings, Chicago homegrown house music savant John Simmons and more inside 5 Mag #178, out now.
A discredited economic theory is still guiding the decisions of most digital music labels today - even if they don't know it. This is the dumb theory of the Long Tail and how a tsunami of shitmusic destroyed it.
Every city needs a record label like Stripped & Chewed Records. Chicago is just lucky enough to have the original.
Boiler Room - the broadcasting platform which brought the party (and DJs turning knobs) into living rooms around the world - is changing. The company has unveiled parts of a new business model involving "brand fee/royalties" and a quasi-franchised version of the Boiler Room experience coming to a town near you.
5 Mag presents our new issue with Krystal Rodriguez's profile of Cinthie, mixes from Marshall Applewhite and Matt Masters, Chicago House with Stripped & Chewed Records and more.