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Pitchfork Media: Online Exposure

Ryan Schreiber claims that the worst traffic in Chicago is outside his Logan Square office.

"It's probably the worst intersection in the city for driving," he explains. "It's a huge circle and the lanes are splitting off in 20 different directions. Nobody has ever seen a huge traffic circle like it anywhere so no one really knows what to do."

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Danny the Wildchild & Phantom 45

Phantom 45 (Brian Sarpalius) and Danny The Wildchild (Daniel Garcia) are both in love with Maxwell Street Polish. "It's our equivalent to Philly's cheesesteak spots like Pat's and Geno's," explains Danny of the sausage stand. "It's all outdoors. People are there at five or six in the morning, eating on top of their cars." It's not surprising the pair frequent Maxwell's–it espouses many of the values they hold dear: it's unpretentious, it's fun and it stays up all night long.

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Dante Carfagna: The Magic Funk Touch

A dimly lit bar tucked into a Chicago side street, Danny's Tavern normally draws a laid-back bohemian crowd. But on the first Wednesday of each month, Dante Carfagna and the Sheer Magic crew dust off some old vinyl and create a bass-heavy, funk-fueled ruckus.

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DJ Funk: Pump It, Work It

Before ghetto tech and Lil' Jon and juke, there was ghetto house. Originating on the predominately black Westside and Southside of Chicago, the music jacked house, added even lower 808s and 909s to it, then commanded the dancefloor to "Pump it," "Work it" and other, dirtier things. DJ Funk (born Charles Chambers) has been at the center of this maelstrom since day one, releasing for Dance Mania and his own Funk Records imprint. Read more » 

Chocolate Industries: Kindred Rhythm

IDM kids think of Chocolate Industries as one of glitch-hop's first homes, indie hip-hop heads rate it for bridging the styles between Warp and Def Jux and crate diggers know it as the label that recently reissued McNeal & Niles' 1979 pearl, Thrust. But ask CI founder Seven for the parameters of his label and he'll come up one buzz phrase short. "I think at one point people were able to link what was on the label aesthetically," he says. "But for me now, I guess it's all linked by emotion."

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