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September 01, 2005

Top Fives

SINGLES

1. "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey

2. "Don't Cha," The Pussycat Dolls (with Busta Rhymes)

3. "Pon de Relay," Rihanna

4. "Shake It Off," Mariah Carey

5. "Let Me Hold You," Bow Wow (with Omarion)

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ALBUMS

1. Most Wanted, Hilary Duff

2. Time Well Wasted, Brad Paisley

3. The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey

4. Now 19, Various Artists

5. Don't Tread on Me, 311

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CONCERT TOURS

1. Neil Diamond

2. Dave Matthews

3. Kenny Chesney

4. Ozzfest

5. Anger Management Tour

Pollstar

DVD SALES

1. Kung Fu Hustle (widescreen)

2. Guess Who

3. Because of Winn-Dixie

4. The Muppets Wizard of Oz

5. The Muppet Show: Season One (4-disc edition)

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Meet the Band / The Crawdaddies

Hometown: Baltimore

Current members: Chris Huntington, guitar and vocals; Darryl Matarozza, bass and vocals; Kraig Greff, accordion; Tim Steele, drums and vocals

Founded in: 1995

Style: Zydeco, funk, swing, roots and rock

Influenced by: Ray Charles, Thelonious Monk, Cream, King Crimson and the Beatles

Notable: The band's music appeals to a wide variety of people, Huntington said. Audiences span from little kids to senior citizens, he said.

Quotable: "The uniqueness of the band is ... everybody comes from a different background, and it makes for a really unique sound," Huntington said. "That's a big part of what the Crawdaddies is -- it's about meshing a bunch of different styles."

Hear the Crawdaddies tomorrow at the Can Company, 2400 Boston St. The music starts at 6 p.m. Free. For more information, call 443-573-44460 or visit www.thecancompa ny.com.

For more information about the Crawdaddies, visit www.thecrawdad dies.com.

-- 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.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Last season, I thought the grocery-store idea was so stupid. But then they made dresses out of cornhusks and a lawn chair! Clearly, I was wrong." -- Heidi Klum, producer and host of Bravo's Project Runway, to Vitals Woman magazine.

The Monitor

Address: The Bruni Digest, bruni digest.blogspot.com

What's the point? The Bruni Digest exists solely to pick apart the reviews of New York Times food critic Frank Bruni. Blogger "Jules" (Julie Langbein) delights in pointing out the ornate sexual and nautical metaphors in Bruni's writing, then backs up her critique with screwball images of people in odd costumes. It sounds weird, but it works. At its best, the blog swings from satirical and sophisticated use of the baroque prose it mocks to silly jokes about poop.

What to look for: In addition to her own commentary, Langbein has a host of links. Asked what blogs she visits, she says, "You can't make it up (youcantmakeitup.blogspot.com) is done by this comedian named Michelle Collins who has a hilarious topical blog. I read Gawker (gawker.com) and the Gothamist (gothamist.com). And, there's also a sort of cousin blog of mine called Veiled Conceit (veiledconceit.blogspot.com), which does reviews of New York Times wedding announcements."

-- Morning Call

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