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June 30, 2005

Top Fives

HOT FIVE

1. "Inside Your Heaven," Carrie Underwood

2. "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey

3. "Hollaback Girl," Gwen Stefani

4. "Don't Phunk With My Heart," The Black Eyed Peas

5. "Just a Lil Bit," 50 Cent

Billboard

ALBUMS

1. X&Y, Coldplay

2. In Your Honor, Foo Fighters

3. Never Gone, Backstreet Boys

4. The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey

5. Monkey Business, Black Eyed Peas

Billboard

CONCERT TOURS

1. U2

2. Eagles

3. Elton John

4. Kenny Chesney

5. Rod Stewart

Pollstar

DVD SALES

1. Be Cool (widescreen)

2. Be Cool (full screen)

3. Chapelle's Show: Season 2 (Uncensored!)

4. Sopranos: The Complete Fifth Season

5. Seed of Chucky (widescreen)

Billboard

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Bad Education was a movie I had wanted to make for a long time. ... and now that I've done it, I feel I've lifted a weight off me." -- Pedro Almodovar, whose Bad Education was passed over as Spain's entry for the Oscars.

Meet the Band / Ian "Eyekon" Mattingly

Hometown: Baltimore

Current members: Eyekon

Founded in: 2003

Style: Underground hip-hop with a little bit of conscious flavor

Influenced by: A Tribe Called Quest, Rakim, Notorious B.I.G, Nas

Notable: At the Sonar show Saturday, Eyekon will play songs from his new work-in-progress, Eyekonography, with a four-piece band backing him.

Quotable: On what people should expect from the concert: "A hip-hop show like they're not used to. We don't just walk around the stage and rap. We definitely put on a show. There's dancing, and there's singing and a lot of fun -- a lot of energy."

Hear Eyekon Saturday at Sonar. The music starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12. Sonar is at 407 E. Saratoga St. For more information, call 410-327-8333 or visit www.sonar.us.

For more information about Eyekon, visit www.undersoundmusic.net.

-- Sam Sessa

Know a local act you'd like to see highlighted here? E-mail the band's contact information to sam.sessa@baltsun.com. To see the archive of profiled artists, visit www.baltimoresun.com / meettheband.

The Monitor

Address: www.archive.org

What's the point?: Who doesn't love free digital stuff? Especially when it's cool free digital stuff. This online library has legal copies of everything from concerts to home videos and old feature films available for download. There's even a 'wayback machine,' through which you can see how your favorite Web sites have evolved over the years.

What to look for: High quality digital recordings of more than 20,000 concerts from bands such as Jason Mraz, Ryan Adams, the Grateful Dead and O.A.R.

-- Sam Sessa

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