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September 15, 2005

Top Fives


1. "Gold Digger," Kanye West

2. "Shake It Off," Mariah Carey

3. "Lose Control," Missy Elliott

4. "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey

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



1. Late Registration, Kanye West

2. Thoughts of a Predicate Felon, Tony Yayo

3. Hillbilly Deluxe, Brooks & Dunn

4. Plans, Death Cab for Cutie

5. The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey



1. Dave Matthews Band

2. Neil Diamond

3. Kenny Chesney

4. Anger Management Tour

5. Ozzfest



1. Sin City

2. Beauty Shop

3. The Ring 2 (unrated widescreen edition)

4. The O.C. -- The Complete Second Season

5. The Ring 2 (unrated full screen)


Meet the Band / Halfway Broken

Hometown: Bel Air

Current members: Adrian Albidress, guitar and vocals; Mike Coomes, lead vocals; Paul Fil, guitar; Marty Kramer, bass; Matt Venditto, drums

Founded in: 2003

Style: hard rock

Influenced by: Pearl Jam, Incubus, A Perfect Circle

Notable: The band's album The Artist is a concept album based on the lyric "using my face as the canvas / she's the artist who destroyed me."

Quotable: "We kind of wrote that as if we were the piece of art being molded," Albidress said. "It's kind of abstract, but it means something to us. We like people to have their own interpretation."

Hear Halfway Broken Monday at Fletcher's. The music starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5. Fletcher's is at 701 S. Bond St. For more information, call 410-558-1889 or visit

For more information about Halfway Broken, visit / halfwaybroken.

-- 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.balti / meettheband.


"You guys have the longest questions." -- Susan Sarandon, at the Venice Film Festival in Italy.

The Monitor


What's the point? The often-hilarious and well respected site, whose writers post recaps of popular TV shows and moderate its forums, is gearing up for the new TV season and plans to focus on a number of new shows, including The Apprentice: Martha, Commander In Chief and Head Cases.

What to look for: The site is currently raising money for "Classroom Care Packages" for students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. For every $2,000 raised, one of the site's writers will recap an episode of a show they would otherwise not cover.

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