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In light of the recent closing of Chicago-beloved electronic enclave, The MID, The Windy City could use a new spot to fill the void.
And that’s just what it’s getting. RADIUS is primed to become a Chicago music lover’s go-to. Opening its doors in 2020, organizers have shared plans to welcome Tchami, Dillon Francis, and Carl Cox to get the electronic lovers’ whistles wet. But its on-deck curatorial draw doesn’t stop in the dance domain. This coming spring, RADIUS will also host Lil Wayne, Alkaline Trio (featuring Matt Skiba, now of blink-182), and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.
Setting up shop just south of The Loop, RADIUS finds its home in Chicago’s bustling Pilsen neighborhood, home to a longtime Chicago favorite for live music, Thalia Hall.
Bringing the announcement full-circle, prospective attendees may recognize RADIUS’s owner, Nick Karounos as former owner and operator of The MID. Karounos also owns Chicago’s PRYSM nightclub and Concord Music Hall, another all-encompassing electronic epicenter.
“This project has been 4 years in the making and we are beyond excited to show Chicago and the rest of the world what we have built for music lovers of all genres,” Karounos writes in a recent release.
RADIUS’s inaugural event is pegged for February 29, featuring off-the-wall EDM all-star, the Latin Grammy-nominated Dillon Francis. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 13 at 12PM CST here. For more dates and information, visit RADIUS’ website.
Progressive house poster child, Audien‘s had this EDM game down pat for some 10 odd years now.
At just 27 years old, he’s among the most tried-and-true talent in the new wave of dance music’s ever-expanding rolodex. His most recent studio album released this year, Escapism, spanned the length of his technicolor production pedagogy. Within the LP, he by no means “reinvents the wheel” as he noted, but rather harnesses the progressive and dance pop prowess he’s been cultivating for a decade now, with some warranted experimentation to boot.
Audien’s Escapism Tour commenced at Concord Music Hall, a rather intimate venue known to invite a range of artistry in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. The Grammy-nominated DJ filled the space, which allowed for multi-platform lower-level and balcony vantage points of Audien’s aerial cityscape visuals—which felt fitting for the tour’s Windy City debut. Attendees got, unsurprisingly, a fair diversity of music, doused in nostalgia, with Audien’s own sprawling catalog filling the lion’s share of the track list.
What he may lack in stage presence he more than accounts for in song curation. Audien played to his eager, predominately early-20-something crowd with precision. He unfurled spirited selections accessible for any fan of popular music, like his future bass Halsey remix, “Colors,” and his collaborative venture, “Something Better” with country crossover trio, Lady Antebellum.
Mixed in with the chromatic dance pop landscapes of the set were, of course, progressive gems like Eric Prydz’s “Every Day,” and even some dubstep—as he’s known to sprinkle on his sets from time to time.
Audien’s tour will run through the end of this year, wrapping things up in in Vancouver on New Year’s Day. More information and tickets to the remaining stops are available here.
Photos by: Noah Semeria & Julian Romano
Chicago is the birthplace of house music. It’s an undisputed fact. Music historians can trace qualities of Detroit (mo-town), New York (disco), and a variety of regions in the prelude to its culmination, but Chicago is where all those different elements coalesced for the first time into the phenomenon that is enjoyed by millions today.
And because Chicago can and will maintain this title for as long as house music exists, the city’s influence touches every single sub-genre that followed, including deep house, tech house, progressive house. It all finds its way back to Chicago.
Stefan Seay sought to honor the history of The Windy City with his latest EP which is named after just that: Chicago. In addition to his original mix that hones to the more raw, bass-driven sound of house, Understated Recordings saw fit to include four remixes in the package as well. Each of them harkens back to a different era in the genre’s evolution.
Michael Fam‘s “You Know What’s Up Remix” offers a breakbeat solution to the typical Chicago equation. Dominic Marceux digs deep into the funky, jazzy stylings of the ’80s and ’90s. Julian Montenegro’s take is one of straight-up grooves. And to close, WhereisFenix pays homage to the inclusive spirit of house music by infusing his remix with some New York flavor, hence the apt title “WhereisFenix’s Dub From The 718.”