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Over the last decade Stones Throw has become one of hip-hop's most reliable imprints, achieving success without resorting to distasteful mainstream maneuvers and gradually expanding its scope to include weird, old-school-influenced soul and funk. That sensibility comes from label founder peanut butter wolf, a producer and DJ too busy digging deep into his voluminous record collection to bother with flashy turntable tricks. He's celebrating the label's ten-year anniversary with the release of Chrome Children, a new 18-track compilation (coproduced with the Adult Swim network) that features no less than six contributions from producer and sometime-MC Madlib, Stones Throw's other driving force. Madlib's bread and butter may be obscure soul, but much like PBW, he can feel the funk in anything. The 35 tracks on his recent Beat Konducta Vol. 1-2, billed as "movie scenes," are fragmented collages of far-flung samples--film dialogue, Fender Rhodes riffs, harp arpeggios, easy-listening strings--held together by tightly coiled beats and rubbery synth lines. The cuts are more like sketches than tunes, but they capture Madlib's aesthetic perfectly. Veteran MC Percee P and Beat Junkie turntablist J. Rocc also perform as part of this label showcase. a 9 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203 or 312-559-1212, 18+, $20.

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