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July 14, 2005|By Sarah Kickler Kelber

Top Fives


1. "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey

2. "Hollaback Girl," Gwen Stefani

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

4. "Inside Your Heaven," Carrie Underwood

5. "Inside Your Heaven," Bo Bice



1. Somewhere Down in Texas, George Strait

2. U.S.A.: United States of Atlanta, Ying Yang Twins

3. X&Y, Coldplay

4. The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey

5. I'm a Hustla, Cassidy



1. U2

2. Kenny Chesney

3. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

4. Stevie Nicks / Don Henley

5. Santana



1. Hostage

2. Coach Carter (full screen)

3. Coach Carter (widescreen)

4. Hitch (full screen)

5. Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (full screen)



"Everyone says you should get a photo taken of yourself while you're pregnant. I've got a film. It'll be nice for my daughter, too. She was in it." -- Miranda Otto, who appears in War of the Worlds

The Monitor


What's the point? It's like playing dress-up, but without the resulting messy closet. Select a celebrity, and choose items from his or her closet to make the person look cool, sultry or ridiculous (though some celebrities are doing fine on that last count without any help).

What to look for: If you get bored with clothing, you can also pick from a handful of celebrities and make them over with new hair color and makeup.

Meet the Band / Stereopool

Hometown: Annapolis

Current members: Bob Sima, acoustic guitar and lead vocals; Gary Shenk, drums and percussion; Chris Ritsch, bass guitar, guitar, piano and backing vocals

Founded in: 2003

Style: acoustic alternative rock

Influenced by: Jack Johnson, Violent Femmes, Train, Dave Matthews

Notable: The band's song "Wherever You Go" had more than 25,000 downloads on www.mp3. com, eventually topping the Web site's power pop chart.

Quotable: "It was pretty surprising," Sima said of the song's online success. "It's a good song and everything, but it's amazing the power of the Web."

Hear Stereopool tomorrow in Ego Alley Tropical Grill, 136 Dock St. in Annapolis. The music starts at 10 p.m. Free. For more information, call 410-263-3353.

For more information about Stereopool, visit

-- Sam Sessa

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

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