Larry Sherman, founder of pioneering dance label Trax, dies of heart failure

By |2020-04-15T22:05:43-05:00April 15th, 2020|Chicago, Classics, Disco, Documentary, House, House Music, larry Heard, Music News, Pioneer|

Record label head put out Chicago house classics including Can U Feel It and Your Love  Trax records’ Larry Sherman with the Chicago-born ‘queen of house music’ Screamin’ Rachael Larry Sherman, whose record label Trax changed the face of dance music, has died of heart failure. The news was confirmed by the current head of [...]

10 EARLY-80S POST-DISCO TRACKS THAT HELPED INSPIRE HOUSE

By |2020-04-15T20:15:43-05:00April 15th, 2020|Chicago, Classics, Disco, DJ, Documentary, Entertaiment, Music, Music News, New York|

Because it didn't go from 'I Feel Love' to 'Strings Of Life' - the early 80s saw the birth of what we now know to call ‘post-disco’   When Frankie Knuckles famously described house music as disco's revenge, it set in motion an origin story tantamount to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. House and disco [...]

Grammy-nominated producer Terry Hunter announces The Imagine No Music Festival 2020

By |2020-02-04T14:23:39-06:00February 4th, 2020|Chicago, DJ, Documentary, Entertaiment, House, House Music, International, Interviews|

  Chicago Based, Grammy Nominated Producer and DJ, Terry Hunter, will host his inaugural music festival, The Imagine No Music Festival which is a 5 day/4 night musical experience that will feature some of the hottest DJs and live performances in the genres of house and soul music coinciding with the 50th birthday celebration of Grammy Nominated DJ/producer, [...]

The Punk Rocker Who Made Chicago House Happen

By |2020-02-04T14:16:08-06:00February 4th, 2020|Chicago, Clubs - Nightlife, Documentary, Entertaiment, House, House Music, Interviews|

  Screamin' Rachel Cain is a blonde rocker chick who ended up falling in with a strange crowd. At the dawn of the 1980s, she was singing in punk bands and throwing shows with Black Flag and Bauhaus shows at a Chicago warehouse known as the Space Place. A chance introduction to a pair of [...]

For Frankie: Inside the Frankie Knuckles Foundation

By |2020-02-04T13:55:40-06:00February 4th, 2020|5 Magazine, Chicago, Classics, Clubs - Nightlife, Czarina Mirani, DJ, Documentary, Interviews|

  Formed a year ago, the Frankie Knuckles Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of Frankie Knuckles‘ mission as the global ambassador of House Music through media, conservation and public events continuing and supporting the causes he advocated. Founder, president and executive director Frederick Dunson takes us inside the Foundation ahead of their fundraiser in celebration of Frankie’s Birthday at Smartbar, [...]

VF Mix 172: Larry Heard by Stump Valley

By |2019-12-20T21:02:50-06:00November 27th, 2019|Chicago, Classics, DJ, Documentary, Interviews, producer|

A personal take on the soulful house pioneer’s discography. Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers has helped shape house music over the last thirty five years. From penning the genre’s early anthems like ‘Can You Feel It?’ to releasing the first full-length house LP with Fingers Inc., Heard had a formative influence on the music’s [...]

Life was just a party: Prince’s 1999 and Chicago house music (Reader)

By |2019-11-26T23:18:28-06:00November 26th, 2019|Chicago|

The Purple One could hardly have avoided influencing a genre whose earliest, most ardent fans were queer Black and Brown kids. By Jack Riedy @jackriedy Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe Prince Prince in 1982, surrounded by rare releases and ephemera from the extensive Prince collection of Chicago house producer Melvin Oliphant III, aka Traxx ALLEN BEAULIEU/RHINO; [...]

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ (chicagoreader.com)

By |2019-11-18T04:41:40-06:00November 18th, 2019|Chicago, DJ, House Music, Uncategorized|

Duane Powell DUANE POWELL TRACY J. LEE Great DJs keep their ears open to the world, and Duane Powell knows how to listen. He's been plugged into local music since 1983, when he went to his first party at Mendel High School, a famed incubator for the city's house scene. Within a couple years, [...]

Honey Dijon on whether dance music can save us (DAZED)

By |2019-09-11T15:19:40-05:00September 11th, 2019|Chicago, House Music, Interviews, Music, My House Radio, Spirituality|

Honey DijonPhotography Ricardo Gomes The American house DJ discusses her upcoming Comme des Garçons collaboration, how social media transformed club culture and the state of America today “What else do I do besides work? Nothing!” laughs American house DJ Honey Dijon over the phone from Berlin, where she lives. Actually, she adds, that’s not [...]