House Music news, new releases and blog posts from 5 Magazine

Ron Hardy Robert Williams at the Muzic Box

New show features Muzic Box interviews & unheard Ron Hardy mixtape

Jacob Arnold interviews about the classic Chicago club the Music Box precede a Ron Hardy mix from 1984 from the archives of DJ M-Traxxx.
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The Wonderful Karl The Voice Has Passed Away

French West Indies vocalist Karl The Voice remembered as a kindly figure whose voice animated tracks by Fred Everything, Franck Roger, Marc Cotterell, Playin 4 The City, Bob Sinclar and more.

Steve Ostrow, founder of NYC’s Continental Baths, dies at 91

The NYC singer and entrepreneur who gave Frankie Knuckles and Larry Levan an early gig passed away in Australia.
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Spybar enters 2024 with massive venue upgrades

The sound system and DJ booth get an upgrade as the Chicago nightclub enters its 27th season.
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Resolution: Inside the new issue of 5 Mag

Welcoming the new year with Anané, Toribio, Italian DJ legend Beppe Loda, Black Eyes, Danny J Lewis and more inside Issue 211 of 5 Mag.
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For Frankie: Celebrating the life of Frankie Knuckles

There is one official Frankie Knuckles birthday party and it is held in Chicago. And this year it's at Metro & Smartbar.
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Underreported 2023: Will the Congress Theater rise again?

2023 in review: the venerable Congress Theater may finally reopen after city approves an $88 million rehab plan for the nearly century old live music venue.
Happy Holidays 2023 - Santa as DJ

Happy Holidays from 5 Mag!

As we move into the end of the year, we want to wish a safe and lovely holiday to you and everyone you love and a bright and blessed 2024!
Ramova Theatre reopens

Legendary Chicago theater owned by Quincy Jones, Jennifer Hudson & Chance The Rapper will reopen for...

Bridgeport's Ramova Theatre is reborn as a live music venue with queer collective Slo'Mo's Pleasure Palace NYE marking the first show at the 1920s movie palace in nearly 40 years.

Amp Fiddler, a giant among giants, has died

By every measure one of the greatest of the many great artists birthed by Detroit, singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Amp Fiddler has passed away.

House Music is a Spiritual Thing: Inside 5 Mag #210

Sacred beats: Levon Vincent, DJ Disciple, Gehno Aviance aka One A and more inside the new issue of 5 Mag, house music from Chicago.
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There was a war on disco. Disco won.

A new documentary says the quiet part out loud: the disco backlash was a battle in the culture war against Black and queer Americans. But Disco won.
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Brutal layoffs at Bandcamp as new owner slashes 50% of staff

A week after promising to preserve many of the site's most beloved features, Bandcamp's new owner has gutted the company's staff. The writing team at Bandcamp Daily is reportedly down to just 3 people.
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Report: Hundreds killed at Israeli rave during Hamas offensive

Videos show Hamas attacking a psy-trance rave in the Negev desert. An estimated 260 attendees as the festival were killed, a number that is expected to climb.
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And it’s gone: Bandcamp has been sold again

Epic Games used, neglected and finally divested themselves of Bandcamp in barely more than a year. Intentions of Bandcamp's third owner since February 2022 are unknown.
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Chicago House DJ, pioneer & icon Teri Bristol has died

Teri Bristol, who held down residencies in Chicago for more than 30 years, including genuinely iconic nights at Medusa's and Crobar, passed away on September 25, 2023.

Sounds of the Underground – Inside 5 Mag #209

Alinka on the cover, Laseech cover mix, Marco Lenzi on resuscitating Molecular Recordings and finding talent in a noisy world, Being on being there and more inside the new issue of 5 Mag, out now.
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#RIP Alland Byallo

We are devastated to learn this morning that producer, art director and DJ Alland Byallo has passed away suddenly.
Russian producer phil gerus has died

Russian house producer Phil Gerus has died

Phil Gerus (aka Phil Mirzoian), who released music on Tensnake's True Romance, Sonar Kollective, Emotional Especial and others was killed by an allegedly drunk driving police officer in June.

“His name was O’Shae, and you all killed him.”

O'Shae Sibley was stabbed to death in New York this weekend. Friends and witnesses say he murdered for dancing in public while gay and Black.


Beloved: Inside the new 5 Mag

An oral history of Freerange Records with Jimpster, Tom Roberts, Matt Masters, Pezzner, Manuel Tur and Fred Everything, plus Chicago house with Black Sjuan, DJ Paulette's welcome to the club, Elbert Phillips on Tears, Dark Heaven and more inside the new issue of 5 Mag, out now.