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In Brief

March 19, 2000|STEVE HOCHMAN

*** Fishbone & the Familyhood Nextperience, "The Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx," Hollywood. Still partying at ground zero with a heady mix of ska, funk, rock and pointed social commentary, the L.A. band--precociously ahead of its time in the mid-'80s--returns from a layoff a tad behind the ska-rock revival. Its intelligence, wit and good ol' funky fun transcend trends, though, and outstrip recent latecomers, including No Doubt, whose Gwen Stefani heads a guest cast ranging from Perry Farrell to George Clinton to Donny Osmond.

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Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent). The albums are due in stores Tuesday.

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* Excerpts from Ice Cube's "War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc)" and other releases are available on the World Wide Web. Point your browser to: http://www.latimes.com/soundclips

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