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August 04, 2005

Top Fives


1. "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey

2. "Pon de Replay," Rihanna

3. "Don't Cha," The Pussycat Dolls

4. "Lose Control," Missy Elliott

5. "Let Me Hold You," Bow Wow



1. Now 19, Various Artists

2. The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey

3. TP.3 Reloaded, R. Kelly

4. X&Y, Coldplay

5. Wanted, Bow Wow



1. Dave Matthews Band

2. Kenny Chesney

3. James Taylor

4. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

5. Stevie Nicks / Don Henley



1. Million Dollar Baby (widescreen)

2. Million Dollar Baby (full screen)

3. The Pacifier (full screen)

4. Hide and Seek (widescreen)

5. The Pacifier (widescreen)



Gay men, oh they love me. It's like I'm the new Cher. They always tell me at the meet-and-greets, 'Oh honey, you're my new Cher.' They're my favorite. -- Singer (and original American Idol winner) Kelly Clarkson

Meet the Band / Silent Film

Hometown: Baltimore

Current members: Mike Davis, drummer; Brad King, guitar and backing vocals; Chad Koepf, guitar and vocals; Matt Parsons, lead vocals; Jack Hill, bass

Founded in: 2003

Style: emo and punk rock

Influenced by: Thrice, Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday and Anberlin

Notable: The band has sold almost 1,000 albums independently through, and was the No. 1 downloaded band for a day on

Quotable: "I consider myself as having two full-time jobs: keeping up with all the Myspace stuff, filling the Internet orders for CDs and shirts," King said. "There's been a really good response."

Hear Silent Film Saturday at Carroll Community College's Rotary Amphitheatre. The music starts at noon. Free; donations accepted. Carroll Community College Rotary Amphitheatre is at 1601 Washington Road in Westminster. For more information, call 410-790-3272 or visit www.bands

For more information about Silent Film, visit / silentfilm.

-- Sam Sessa

Know an 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.balti / meetthe band.

The Monitor


What's the point: The 10-month-old book-swapping site works like an online library. After registering, users put at least nine of their own books into the site's database, which carries 39,000 titles. When a user requests a book, the site e-mails a printable page (that also serves as a makeshift book wrapper) to the user who posted that title. Currently, the site is free to join. The only cost to participate is the price of postage to mail a book, which is usually less than $1.50, paid by the sender.

What to look for: The titles are primarily paperbacks, though it does have the odd audiobook or hardcover. Currently romance is the hottest genre -- the Harlequin series is on fire -- though other areas, like history and literature, are closing fast.


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