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Chicago’s Spybar will re-open on July 9

Gene Farris anchors Spybar's re-opening weekend coming July 9 in Chicago.

Report offers scathing look at diversity in the music industry

Fewer than 10% of industry executives at any level are Black, well below the US population, according to a new report which shows the music industry is still mostly made up of white men.

Juneteenth: 100% of Bandcamp’s share of sales donated today

Midnight to midnight on Friday, Bandcamp will be donating the platform's share of all sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Smartbar reopens: “We cannot wait to dance with you”

Chicago institution Smartbar will reopen starting this weekend for the first time in 16 months. Here's the line-up:
What Happened to the Save Our Stages Act

Outrage as SBA continues to withhold funds from music venues

Just 90 out of 14,000 applicants have been approved for money Congress set aside for your local club or music venue.
5 Mag Issue 190 featuring Franck Roger

#Rejuvenate – inside the new 5 Mag

Franck Roger, Ed Nine, Rodney Baker, Berlin under lockdown and more in the new issue of 5 Mag, out now.
Hot Mix 5 and B96 Mixmasters

For the old school heads: the Hot Mix 5 & B96 Mixmasters headline a...

Farley Jackmaster Funk, Bad Boy Bill, Julian Jumpin Perez and more headline a Chicago house music radio reunion this weekend in Bridgeview.
Rodney Bakerr photo

Chicago House pioneer Rodney Bakerr has died

Rodney Baker, known professionally as Rodney Bakerr and the brilliant artist behind early Chicago label Rockin' House passed away last week.

Chicago Pride moves to October 2021 though some events go off anyway

The official Chicago Pride parade is moving to October 3, though that shouldn't put a damper on the burgeoning number of events taking place as Chicago exits lockdown restrictions for the first time in a year.
Music gear

It turns out Corona was bad for musicians, great for selling music gear to...

Record sales of music instruments and gear reported as newbies and lapsed musicians pick up gear to pass the time through 2020.
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Michel Baumann aka Soulphiction has died

Founder of Philpot and maker of wonderful things, Michel Baumann aka Soulphiction aka Jackmate has passed away after reporting a month ago he was undergoing chemotherapy.
Micro Movement Festival 2021

Paxahau surprises with all-Detroit “Micro Movement 2021” festival

The event will be held over Memorial Day weekend in Detroit spread out across multiple clubs.
Spotify Dance Like Nobody's Paying ad

Streaming is lucrative, says report that artists would need 6,000,000 streams to buy

The IFPI's annual Global Music Report continues to beat the drum of a rosy future for streaming, ignoring musicians who are calling for reform.

Lollapalooza is on for 2021: report

Lollapalooza will return to Chicago July 29 to Grant Park according to a report in Variety.
What Happened to the Save Our Stages Act

What happened to the #SaveOurStages Act?

Congress set aside more than $16 billion for small music venues and nightclubs. After four months, not a single penny had been distributed.
Kevin Kennedy-FBK on Bandcamp

Support Midwest Techno hero Kevin Kennedy aka FBK

Midwest techno hero Kevin Kennedy aka FBK has been hospitalized with severe kidney failure and diagnosed with end stage kidney disease.

New documentary showcases electronic music’s female pioneers

Sisters With Transistors profiles the overlooked role of female musicians, producers and engineers at the dawn of electronic music.
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Chez Damier to launch his first ever radio residency

Chez Damier's new monthly mix show launches this Saturday May 8 on Radio FG's Maxximum Radio.

#DieTrying – Inside the new 5 Mag

Josh Milan, Ashley Beedle, Terry Farley, Jackie Queens and more inside the new issue of 5 Mag.
Cyprus rave

US Embassy & religious leaders condemn the most boring rave in the world

About 30 people showed up at a historic monastery in Cyprus for the world's most boring rave and earned international and religious condemnation.