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Fugees

FUGEES The Fugees have come a long way from the Bob Marley-esque, dancehall-hip-hop fusion that marked their 1994 debut, Blunted on Reality. The trio’s terrific new follow-up, The Score (Ruffhouse/Columbia), allows the raps, toasts, and singing of Prakazrel, Wyclef, and Lauryn Hill a freedom that the often cluttered debut inhibited. The second album also proves […]

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The Mistake

The Mistake Traveling across the U.S.A. It’s hard sometimes to keep it together… Find someone or you’ll be lost And you’re just the kind who’s liable to never be found. Those words come from Blackie Onassis’s plaintive “The Mistake,” the psychic centerpiece of Urge Overkill’s last album, the erratic but powerful Exit the Dragon. The […]

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Spot Check

GOOPS 3/15, Fireside Bowl Demonstrating the ever-shrinking divide between alternative rock and bar-band genericism, New York’s Goops churn out tuneful punk rock with cookie-cutter distinctiveness. Their recently released second album, Lucky (Kinetic/Reprise), is chockablock with time-worn hooks and familiar riffing (they’ve also got a tall, bleached-blond, tattooed front woman to engage the near-mute, libido-driven lunkheads […]

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The City File

By Harold Henderson News you can’t use, from the Naperville-based newsletter of the Illinois Drug Education Alliance (Winter): “There are 63 feet of cigarettes in a carton.” “The Illinois presidential primary is not covered as intensely by the mass media as the New Hampshire primary or even the Iowa caucuses, but it should be,” write […]

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Actors Are People Who Lie to You

Actors Are People Who Lie to You, Aardvark, at Bailiwick Arts Center. Despite the title disclaimer, quite a few non-Equity truths emerge from this scrappy, 75-minute late-night “fantasia,” a collaboration between veteran playwright Robert Patrick and newcomer Andy Cobb. Actor-writer Cobb embellishes Patrick’s 26-year-old off-Broadway script with his own insider’s take on the embattled (store)front […]

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I was one of the 85 million elementary school kids stuck reading Dick and Jane books, the brainchild of Zerna Sharp, a La Porte teacher who went to work for Chicago publishers Scott Foresman in the 1930s. But by the time I read the books they were ridiculously outdated. I remember being skeptical of a […]

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Bring Blacks the 50s

Dear Reader: Though I generally laud Tom Frank’s analysis of the auto show [February 23], I believe he missed a few points about the marketing of sports utility vehicles (SUVs): (1) Practicality. There are a couple of rational reasons to want an SUV in an urban environment. Women like Jeeps et al because they feel […]

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The Straight Dope

A friend of mine, who is paranoid about everything, recently told me that fluorescent lights cause cataracts. Everything I’ve read about these lights before talks about them glowingly–they’re so energy efficient I should replace every lamp in my home with fluorescent bulbs. And of course I and millions of other people toil under them for […]