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August 20, 2014

interior of the Congress Theater (more by Chase Turner)
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As part of a new plan of operation for the embattled Congress Theater, DNAinfo points out that one of its stipulations is an official ban on EDM for the venue. The agreement was signed by venue owner Eddie Carranza and City of Chicago local liquor commissioner Gregory Steadman in late-July. The conditions of the plan of operation (EDM ban included) apply to current and future owners, "the business address, the licensee, and to all officers, managers, partners, and direct or indirect owners of the licensed entity." The Congress lost its liquor license in May of 2013.

EDM, as defined by the City of Chicago, is "music created by a DJ or multiple DJs primarily using specialized equipment and software instead of traditional instruments." "... And an EDM performance shall be defined as a performance of Electronic Dance Music or any performance by a DJ or multiple DJs featured the playing of prerecorded music. Performers that incorporate electronic beats or prerecorded music in their acts shall be allowed, provided those performers either sing vocals or play an instrument(s) (or do both) during their performance." Alderman Joe Moreno (1st Ward) offered, "It's not the genre, it's the way the owner handles the genre." "I don't blame the genre or the artists, it's the operator who has to be able to handle the crowd. Unfortunately, the Congress has a history of not being able to manage certain types of crowds." Carranza declined to comment about the agreement.

August 7, 2014

Ryan Hemsworth at Osheaga 2014 (more by Ellie Pritts)
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Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth is heading out on a North American run, dubbed the "Sucker For Punishment" tour, in advance of his new TBA release. That tour comes to Chicago on November 13 at Double Door. Tickets go on sale this Friday (8/8) at 11AM CST.

Full tour schedule is available at BrooklynVegan. Check out the tour trailer and flyer below...

Continue reading "Ryan Hemsworth playing Double Door on fall tour"

August 5, 2014

photos by Brigid Gallagher

Disclosure at Aragon Ballroom
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While in town for Lollapalooza 2014, Disclosure also played an official festival aftershow at the Aragon Ballroom on Friday night (8/1). Fellow UK house-head Julio Bashmore got things started, and pictures from Aragon Ballroom are in this post. More below...

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July 31, 2014

Boys Noize w/ Skrillex at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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"Harlem Shake" producer Baauer may not being flooding YouTube anymore, but he's still producing hard-hitting electronic tracks. Baauer and German producer Boys Noize have just announced a co-headlining tour with support from Lido (DJ Set), Spank Rock, and Nadus. That tour comes to Chicago on October 17 at Concord Music Hall. Tickets go on sale on Friday (8/1) at noon CST.

Full tour schedule is available at BrooklynVegan. Check out the tour trailer and flyer below...

Continue reading "Baauer & Boys Noize playing Concord Music Hall on fall co-headlining tour"

July 17, 2014

Lone

UK producer Lone recently put out his fifth album, Reality Testing, and it's packed full of mystifying, genre-hopping tunes. He's had a few dates lined up, but has now announced a full North American tour featuring an A/V performance with visual artist/collaborator Kon-om-Pax. The tour comes to Chicago on August 29 at Smartbar. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon via Smartbar's website.

All dates are listed, with the video for "Aurora Northern Quarter" from the new album, below...

Continue reading "Lone kicking off North American tour in Chicago"

July 11, 2014

DJ KRUSH

DJ KRUSH posted the following message to Facebook last night

!!! IMPORTANT NOTICE !!!
Dear All,
It is with great regret that we must announce that DJ KRUSH's Chicago (11.Jul) and NY (12.Jul) show must be canceled. The reason is due to Administrative Processing delays at the US Embassy, and KRUSH will not have his visa in time to travel.
KRUSH would like to apologize deeply to all of his fans, but unfortunately this is beyond his control. We will be working on rescheduling this date as soon as possible.
KRUSH suffering from shock for this situation.
We will announce his comment later.
Respectfully,
DJ KRUSH management
The Chicago show was scheduled to take place at the Mid. He also cancelled NYC. His North American tour is now scheduled to begin in Portland on 7/15.

June 2, 2014

Frankie Knuckles

Chicago Pride has the details:

The special tribute and dance party honoring Frankie Knuckles will take place Tuesday, June 3 at the Chase North Promenade, 201 E.Randolph St. from 6 to 9 p.m. Robert Williams and Alan King will provide opening statements at 6 p.m., followed by DJ sets from Elbert Phillips, 6:15 p.m.; Craig Loftis, 6:55 p.m.; Greg Gray, 7:35 p.m.; and Mike Winston, 8:15 p.m.

Knuckles died unexpectedly from complications with diabetes at his home in Chicago on March 31. He was 59.

May 21, 2014

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NYC producer FaltyDL has a bunch of international dates scheduled from June - August. He'll also be supporting Bonobo on his fall North American tour, which includes a show at Metro on September 19. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (5/23) at 10AM CST.

British artist Chris Shen recently filmed members of the NYC dance group W.A.F.F.L.E. doing what they do best on the Q train. Soundtracking their moves was an unreleased track from FaltyDL, and you can check out a video clip of the happening at the bottom of this post. (The NYC producer can be seen standing by the door on the right.)

All FaltyDL dates and that video footage can be found below...

Continue reading "FaltyDL playing Metro on North American tour w/ Bonobo"

March 31, 2014

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5 Magazine reports that Frankie Knuckles, "The Godfather of House Music," has passed away at age 59. Though details are scarce, Knuckles' passing has been corroborated by Paul Johnson, DJ Deeon, and DJ David Morales.

Very sad news. You will be missed, Frankie. Stream his 1987 single "Your Love" below...

Continue reading "Frankie Knuckles, RIP"

February 4, 2014

Disclosure @ NYC's Terminal 5 last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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UK house revivalists Disclosure have announced their own concert series, called WILD LIFE, through which they'll be playing and curating some special shows along with artists they dig. The first two WILD LIFE gigs take place at the Greek in Berkley, CA on April 18 and, in keeping with the series' name, at the Lincoln Park Zoo on June 11. The Chicago gig features support from NYC rapper Joey Bada$$, Chicago house veteran Green Velvet (aka Cajmere aka Curtis Jones), and Berlin-based electronic artist George Fitzgerald. Being that admission is free to the LPZ, we're not quite sure how entry for this event will work; stay tuned for more information.

Check out a flyer for WILD LIFE below...

Continue reading "Disclosure announce WILD LIFE show at Lincoln Park Zoo w/ Joey Bada$$, Green Velvet & George Fitzgerald"

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