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August 11, 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)


Meet the Band / Skakabobs

Hometown: Reisterstown

Current members: Harrison Brazier, trombone and vocals; Carson Korman, bass and vocals; Eric Hoffman, guitar; David Cavalier, drums and percussion; Scott Davis, saxophone; Adam Schuman, trumpet; Tyler Wheeler, saxophone

Founded in: 2002

Style: ska

Influenced by: Barenaked Ladies, Catch 22, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish

Notable: The band is in the middle of recording a second full-length album for WMUC Records, the radio station label at the University of Maryland College Park.

Quotable: "We're definitely serious about it, and we're trying to make as much out of it as possible, but we don't take ourselves too seriously where we don't enjoy it," Hoffman said.

Hear the Skakabobs tonight at the Recher Theatre. The music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5, $10 if under 21. The Recher Theatre is at 512 York Road. For more information, call 410-337-7178 or visit For more information about the Skakabobs visit

-- 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 / meettheband.


"I'm going to tell the artists that if you want to get naked and run across the stage, go ahead and do it. I'm not going to do teleprompter reading and corny jokes."

-- P. Diddy, who will host the MTV Video Music Awards show.

The Monitor


What's the point?: This absurd site is named appropriately. There is a set of links, and while some are truly crazy and hard to grasp, others can be played with for hours, substituting different names or words to create slogans, middle names and even your own disease, complete with symptoms and treatment.

What to look out for: There is a fake personality test to give to your friends with a neverending barrage of questions that includes "Do you often experience deja vu?"

-- Erica Kritt

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