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The Last Dance: Southport Weekender to Shut Down

Twenty-eight years after it began, the organizers behind the world's largest soulful music event have announced that they're packing it in. With "heartfelt sadness," Alex and Dave said in a statement that it was time...

Bandcamp Just Opened Up Subscriptions for Everyone

The coolest site for selling music and merchandise just got even cooler. Bandcamp - the marketplace that allows artists to sell their shit and then gets out of the way - has opened up...

Beatport Partners With Spotify

The streaming world continues to shift and warp, this time teaming up two ostensible competitors in the name of taking on Apple's curated playlists. Beatport has announced a partnership with Spotify, according to a release,...

2015 Chosen Few Picnic Lineup Announced

The Chosen Few DJs have announced the line-up for the 2015 Chosen Few Picnic. Louie Vega and Kenny Dope (Masters at Work, NYC) are among the guests at this year's event -- the 25th annual,...

Chicago Fire Guts Producer’s Studio and Home

On July 24, a fire ripped through a building in the 128 North Campbell in Chicago. It was home to a number of artists, eclectic businesses as well as a couple who were celebrating...

Theaster Gates’ New Art Space to Host Frankie Knuckles’ Record Collection

We heard about this earlier this year but the cat is out of the bag. ArtNews posted a story about Chicago artist Theaster Gates, who we'd been informed discretely was working with the late...

The Record Store’s Revenge: Hard Times for MP3 Sellers

Unless you're Amazon and the market takes your lack of interest in making a profit with good-hearted cheer, this is a tough time to be selling goods in the music industry. It's even harder...
Judy Cheeks

Whatever Happened to Judy Cheeks?

Remember Judy Cheeks? The preacher's daughter and supremely underrated vocalist can make a fair claim to having been one the most versatile and enduring dance music vocalist of the last 30 years. Example: Judy released...

Moog Celebrates (Grand) Mother’s Day

The mad geniuses at Moog have brought to the world the next step in retro semi-modular synths: Grandmother.

God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines: A New Documentary on the History of Detroit...

A new documentary tells the story of Detroit Techno pioneers Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Eddie Fowlkes, Blake Baxter, and Santonio Echols.

Marshall Jefferson Comes Home for A Classic Christmas with SpyBar & 5 Mag

This is your invite: Chicago House Music pioneer Marshall Jefferson comes home on Friday December 21 with Chip E., Stacy Kidd and Andrew Emil, hosted by Czarina from 5 Mag.
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Funk & Disco Icon Harvey Scales Has Died

Scales' 60 year career spanned doo-wop to disco, including co-writing DISCO LADY for Johnnie Taylor - the first platinum single ever.
Crystal Waters UNSUNG

New Crystal Waters UNSUNG Episode Debuts This Weekend

TV One narrates the struggles and success of one of House Music's first mainstream stars in the US, Crystal Waters.

It Appears Denver Will Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms After All

Late returns appear to have won the vote making Denver the first city to decriminalize psilocybin in a historic municipal vote.

New Study: Teens Smoke Less Weed When It’s Legal

A nearly 10% decline in teen use followed recreational marijuana legalization, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association's JAMA Pediatrics.

“Godfather of Austin House”: Austin, Texas Honors Jamon Jaleki

Mayor Steve Adler of Austin has declared October 20th "J.A.M.O.N., Godfather of Austin House Day," honoring the late DJ, vocalist and producer who made that city his home.
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5 Mag Announces Our 8 Year Anniversary Bash

Eight years is a long time - longer than we dared think we'd be around, publishing 5 Magazine month-to-month-to-month. In August 2013, we'll be publishing Issue #97 of 5 Magazine, and celebrating our 8th anniversary...

Tonight: The House That Chicago (and the LGBTQ Community) Built

It's always strange to see your favorite nightlife personalities outside of the ambience of the club, but tonight you'll be able to see them (and, provided your tinnitus isn't too bad, hear them) at...

5 Magazine Hits Issue #112 with Recloose, Psycho-Bitch & Sundae

The November 2014 Issue of 5 Magazine is now available! A deeper look inside this month's features: 5 Mag's Terry Matthew talks to Detroit-born DJ and producer Recloose. After 13 years in New Zealand, Recloose is...

And Now The Singers: More Chosen Few Picnic 2015 Announcements

Three days, three announcements representing the entire breadth of underground electronic music in the Midwest, from Chicago's Chosen Few Picnic to Movement in Detroit and Soulful House to Techno. Now comes the third announcement,...

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Natasha Kitty Katt – A 5 Mag Disco Mix vol 83

Some are born for music, but Natasha Kitty Katt was born for disco. Listen to her new 5 Mag Mix.

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