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There’s a new soccer team in town & it’s called the “Chicago House”

"Chicago House AC" begins competition in August 2021 and is presided over by, among others, the grandson of the White Sox owner during Disco Demolition Night.
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Private equity keeps stabbing Guitar Center but it still won’t die

Music gear is selling at a record pace but Guitar Center is broke. It's not the pandemic that's screwed it up.
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Amy Douglas is a singer, songwriter & professional bad influence

"Without singing, there is no me. I have no purpose, beyond singing and songwriting." Harold Heath profiles the powerhouse of talent that is Amy Douglas.

The CIA/Tech House Connection: it’s even worse than you think

The CIA "tech house" rebrand launched a thousand memes. Congrats: you participated in a viral marketing campaign.

Spotify defies expectations and disappoints everyone

Revenues from music subscribers continue to fund podcast spending at the world's largest streaming service.
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Techno Politics: Art, Disinfo & the 1/6 Capitol Riot

Michael Richison made an art project out of old voting machines, with video that could be remixed on the fly into techno-like music. Then we watched disinformation about them lead to insurrection.
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Seven Davis, Jr: “I’ve been in self-induced lockdown since 2016”

"I've been a church boy, homeless street kid, corporate suit, addict..." Harold Heath profiles the multifaceted artist Seven Davis, Jr.
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After 29 years behind the mic, Joi Cardwell is still about the love

"My goal was to have a discography as long as Ella's." Joi Cardwell reflects on nearly three decades as dance music's go-to vocalist and answering an ad in the Village Voice to singing on "Club Lonely" from Lil Louis.
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The Root of the Issue: Inside the New 5 Mag

Monty Luke on BLM, Climate Change and Creating a Catalogue of Black Electronic Music, Brawther cover mix and more inside the latest issue of 5 Mag, out now.
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Save Yourself

Nobody is coming to save our scene, especially not the ticket brokers who launched the hashtag.
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The Inside Story of As You Like It

The Bay Area residency is now 2020's best new underground label. Lauren Krieger on the history, tragedy & journey of As You Like It Recordings.
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Tensnake: LA Stories

Six years after Glow, German electronic music maestro Tensnake is back with an intimate pop portrait of the city of Los Angeles.
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Innermoods: The James Duncan Interview

James Duncan has jammed with jazz legends Mark Edwards, Sabir Mateen and even sax god Ornette Coleman, but it's his dance music productions that have been turning heads. Bruce Tantum talks to the Brooklyn-based producer and trumpet player.
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T. Williams 30 minute vinyl set – loaded! vol 4

A short house & garage mix from T.Williams' vinyl vault for 5 Mag's loaded! mix series.
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In 2021, support people. Screw the brands.

If we say we care about the history of this music, we need to stop enabling the ones that fucked it up.
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Forward: 5 Mag Issue 186 Released

The inside history of Bay Area stalwarts As You Like It, Seven Davis, Jr., Mike Huckaby and more inside the new issue of 5 Mag.
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The dream of bringing Techno back to Detroit’s Packard Plant is over

After breathless media reports of art galleries, apartments, light industry and even a techno club, the Packard Plant Project has collapsed. Most of it never actually began.
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#PassTheMic – Why dance music needs its singers

Why have the vocalists become almost invisible in dance music coverage these days? The answer (probably won't) surprise you.
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Jorge Caiado: Vitality

Since his first release a decade ago on Chez Damier's Balance, Jorge Caiado has been passionately influencing the electronic music scene of his local Lisbon and beyond.
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Why is Pioneer paying everyone to write about the CDJ-3000?

All discussion of the "industry standard" on the largest dance music media sites has been paid for by Pioneer itself.

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The French DJ/producer and 5 Mag friend on surviving and maybe thriving in the post-COVID music industry.

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