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Visitation and services for Benji Espinoza in suburban Chicago

Friends and family will pay their respects to the DJ International co-founder Benji Espinoza this Wednesday and Thursday in Berwyn.
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Fyre Festival fraudster tried to record a podcast from jail, got solitary confinement instead

Billy McFarland's attorney alleges he was sent to solitary confinement for recording a podcast called "Dumpster Fyre."
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DJ International Records’ Benji Espinoza has passed away

Chicago house pioneer Benji Espinoza, co-founder of DJ International and an A&R man in his bones has died.
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Broadcasters can now charge admission directly on Zoom

Video giant Zoom introduces paid ticketing and other online tools for users in the US. And they aren't charging a fee for it.
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New York charges promoters of infamous Chainsmokers EDM pandemic show

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Department of Health charge promoters behind the infamous Hamptons EDM show with the Chainsmokers and the CEO of Goldman Sachs.
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Autopsy: Erick Morillo died from Ketamine toxicity

Autopsy by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner reveals Erick Morillo's cause of death as acute ketamine toxicity combined with MDMA and cocaine as a result of an accidental overdose. Morillo was charged with sexual assault at the time of his death on September 1 2020
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Resident Advisor nets $1 million from UK cultural grant

The $1 million grant announced Monday is part of the UK government's COVID-19 relief payouts for "venues, theaters, museums and cultural organizations."

The White House once again leaves nightclubs in limbo

America's music venues have been tossed a lifeline in the Save Our Stages Act, which is now part of the stimulus package being held hostage by the White House.
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The Art of Nostalgia: Inside the New 5 Mag

Getting deep in the new issue with The Reflex, Michael Zuker, Amy Douglas, James Duncan, Shamrock Guitor and more.
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Chicago lifts COVID restrictions on bars

Big news as bars re-open indoor seating and capacity, hours and services expand starting October 1.
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Rekordbox now lets you edit tracks

Pioneer's rekordbox adds a new kink for DJs to edit tracks in the new update showcasing "edit mode."

Adobe unveils free Keith Haring brushes

The project in tribute to legendary artist Keith Haring's mantra that "art is for everyone."
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Deep Cuts: the music of Kool & The Gang’s Ronald Bell

More than just a Celebration: Ronald Bell aka Khalis Bayyan passed away this week, leaving behind a catalog of funk and pop hits spanning nearly 50 years.
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Art Basel Miami 2020 is cancelled

COVID-19 cancellations are now extending into the winter as Art Basel Miami's organizers cite coronavirus, travel restrictions and general uncertainty in canceling the December 2020 Art Basel Miami event.
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DJ and producer Erick Morillo has died

In shocking news, house music DJ and producer Erick Morillo was found dead by police this morning in Miami Beach.
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Back To Life: New Issue of 5 Mag

Phenomenal Handclap Band, Boddhi Satva, Milly James + more inside the new issue of 5 Mag, out now.
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The World Celebrates Frankie Knuckles Day 2020 with Virtual Concert

Eric Kupper, Mike Dunn, Billy Porter, Lady D and more on deck for DJ sets and live performances in tribute to Frankie Knuckles this August 25, 2020.
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NAMM 2021 cancels January convention due to Coronavirus

The most notable gear and music instrument showcase in the US has been cancelled and replaced with a digital event for 2021.

Chicago nightlife legend Dave Medusa has died

Dave Medusa, of the most influential promoters in the history of electronic music and Chicago music in general has passed away of natural causes.

Artists stand to lose out when Google Play goes down

Google Play Music paid artists more than its corporate sibling at YouTube. Maybe that's why it had to die.

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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

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