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July 21, 2005

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. "Don't Cha," The Pussycat Dolls

5. "Pon de Replay," Rihanna



1. TP.3 Reloaded, R. Kelly

2. The Cookbook, Missy Elliott

3. X&Y, Coldplay

4. The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey

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



1. U2

2. Dave Matthews Band

3. Kenny Chesney

4. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

5. Stevie Nicks / Don Henley



1. The Pacifier (full screen)

2. The Pacifier (widescreen)

3. Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman (widescreen)

4. Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman (full screen)

5. Hostage



The Live 8 reunion couldn't have been better ... We got along famously, but Dave [Gilmour] and I do have major ... differences. So for us to reconvene would probably not be the most brilliant idea.

-- Roger Waters, on the likelihood of a new Pink Floyd project

Meet the Band / Automatic Slim and his band

Hometown: Catonsville

Current members: David "Automatic Slim" Carreon, guitar and vocals; Scott Stump, drums; Jim Harrell, guitar; Jack DiPietro, bass; "Lazy" Lenny Rabenovets, harmonica; Steve Potter, bass

Founded in: 1989

Style: blues and roots rock

Influenced by: Lefty Dizz, Ike Turner, Jimmy Vaughan, Los Lobos

Notable: The band will perform at Artscape in the La Chica Records Galaxy of Stars lineup, which features other acts from the local label.

Quotable: "It's always nice for us guys who are always playing to get to hang out with other guys who are playing -- whether it's local bands or national acts," Carreon said. "Festivals are always fun, and it's nice to play in our hometown."

Hear Automatic Slim and his band Saturday on Artscape's Festival Stage. The music runs 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Festival Stage is on Mount Royal Avenue. For more information, call 410-752-8632 or visit

For more information about Automatic Slim, visit www.automatic

-- Sam Sessa

Know a local act you'd like to see highlighted here? E-mail the band's contact information to To see the archive of profiled artists, visit www.bal / meetthe band.

The Monitor

Address: The Lunch Blog -- / 3749445

What's the point?: Most people dread the office lunch -- the options are usually leftovers brought from home or boring sandwiches from the building cafeteria. But Pete Yaeger, an office worker in Columbia, has made the quotidian oddly compelling. Every day, Yaeger, 26, takes a photo of his lunch and posts an account of his dining experience on his MySpace blog. He details his difficulty figuring out how to eat pho, a North Vietnamese noodle soup, his love affair with the burrito, and the strange people he meets.

-- Stephen Kiehl

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