In November 2021, news broke that filled the Chicago house-music community with pride. Hometown house legends Ten City were nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronica Album for Judgement, their first full-length studio recording since 1994. Many Chicago fans remembered that around the time of the group’s formation in the mid-1980s, their producer, house pioneer […]
Benji Espinoza’s work for Quantum Distributors and the D.J. International label helped boost house into its exalted place in the global pop pantheon.
House-music pioneer Vince Lawrence remembers the huge scene-defining parties he helped throw as a teenager.
Prince could hardly have avoided influencing Chicago house, whose earliest, most ardent fans were queer Black and Brown kids.
A tour and oral history of the long-gone spaces that birthed one of the foundational sounds in modern pop
The multimedia collective has a record label, a dance night, an apparel line—and now a brick-and-mortar shop.
Marcus Mixx’s early records fetch hundreds of dollars apiece from a cult of collectors, but he just wants a space of his own to make his new tracks.
The Reader collects some of the best and brightest bits from the past week’s music writing.
Chicago dance label Stripped & Chewed reissue the underground record from house veteran Merwyn Sanders this month.
In these excerpts from his lively and meticulous new book, The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America, longtime Reader contributor Michaelangelo Matos chronicles the three-decade ascent of EDM.
Recorded in the 90s with Johnny Key and Track Master Scott, Street Fighter showcases the raw underground Chicago sound in fine form.
Dance Mania Records helped birth ghetto house, juke, and footwork music—now it’s back to court the EDM crowd.