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Pitchfork 2015 – A Celebration Of Established And Rising Talent

Pitchfork Music Festival returned to Chicago this past weekend for its 10th Anniversary. While the festival has grown over the years, it has stuck true to its roots as a spotlight and stage for up-and-coming talent. With capacity well below other major festivals in the city, the crowd never feels to intense for a three […]

Rocking The Redwoods At Northern Nights 2015

Despite considering myself a festival veteran – I have been attending festivals across Europe and the United States for 12 years now – this past week’s experience at Northern Nights proved to be a singular and unique weekend unlike any other I have ever been a part of. On its third year, the three-day festival […]

AN UNDERGROUND OASIS AT SPRING AWAKENING MUSIC FESTIVAL

Chicago may very well be the birthplace of House music, but it is no secret that the biggest dance music festival in the city largely caters to a predominantly EDM crowd. Spring Awakening Music Festival, as we know it, launched at Soldier Field as a two-day festival in June of 2012 with a line-up that saw Skrillex […]

An Interview with Moe Espinosa: What drives Drumcell to be Drumcell

Exactly two weeks ago today I was in the back of a car on my way to Detroit for Movement Electronic Music Festival readying to interview Moe Espinosa, better known in the dance and techno music circuit as Drumcell. As an avid techno listener, there was a lot I wanted to ask, but wasn’t exactly […]

Oliver Dollar on Movement Detroit and the launch of his new label: Industry Standard

It has been a week since I came back from Movement Electronic Music Festival and the PMD (Post Movement Depression) is still very real. One of Sunday’s highlights was Oliver Dollar’s set at the Movement Main Stage smack in the middle of that sunny afternoon – the perfect dose of house to get the day started. Featuring […]

Festival Review – Movement Detroit 2015

As it is now tradition for tens of thousands  in the U.S. and beyond, this past Memorial Day Weekend we made the pilgrimage to the birth place of techno for Movement Electronic Music Festival – a three day homage to the city of Detroit and the music it founded and helped shape throughout the years. Before […]

How To Survive WMC Without Breaking The Bank

Every year dance music fans weigh in on the pros and cons of attending Winter Music Conference in Miami, paying particular attention to how costly the trip can be. After making the trek to Miami for 8 separate WMCs over the span of 12 years, we decided to skip the usual recap and instead give […]

DownBeats’ Best Sets of 2014

A couple of weeks ago we sat at our weekly DownBeats staff meeting and began reflecting on the past 12 months and came to the realization that 2014 was a milestone year in terms of the sheer amounts of shows and festivals we attended. We crossed state lines on multiple occasions beginning the festival season […]

Our Chicago Thanksgiving Marathon

In Chicago, the birth-place of House Music, the extended Thanksgiving weekend is a time where thousands are thankful for life, health, family and friends, but also for the gift of dance music. It is no secret in this city that while the day time may be filled with extended meals, early Christmas shopping and a […]

Jody Wisternoff on Anjunadeep06, playing in Chicago and tinnitus

This coming Saturday 27th of September, Chicago’s Spybar will play host to Jody Wisternoff, a man whose work helped put UK electronic music on the map back in the 90s. As one half of Way Out West with Nick Warren, Jody has been at the forefront of the progressive house music sound for over two […]