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The Barnettes 

We wish our families were as functional as this one. Not only are they talented singers, songwriters, pop-rock instrumentalists, classical musicians, filmmakers, etc., etc. and so forth and so on, they're also nice to each other! Check it: Each band member gets his/her own choice in this week's Real Life Top 5, and the siblings save the last one as a group choice. (OK, so we won't comment on their joint choice of Santana's latest all-star effort.) The Barnettes are one of the Charlotte area's great gusts of fresh musical air. They're young, eclectic, honest -- and so far they exist outside the jaded, oh-so-ironic, ultra-cool indie loop. Imagine that! If the Avett Brothers are like Pavement with banjos, the Barnettes are like the Avetts without banjos. Um. . . OK, not really. Anyhow, here's our own Real Life Top 5 item for this week: 1) The trailer for multi-talented Elesha Barnette's indie-college film, Key Lime Pie (see it at www.keylimepiethemovie.com). Here's where you can find out more about the Barnettes' music: www.thebarnettes.com. And here's what's in the Barnette family CD/DVD player:

1. Lost. "This show is genius. I'm trying to figure out how to schedule next semester's classes so I don't miss an episode." (Adrienne)

2. RENT. "I have the entire soundtrack committed to memory. I've already been to see the movie twice. Anyone want to see it with me again?" (Elesha)

3. Smallville. "Yes, it's true, I watched all of the previous seasons on DVD, marathon-style, before this year's premiere. Nothing wrong with that..." (Rufus)

4. "Lonely No More," Rob Thomas. "I bump this in my jeep on repeat, watch the video on Launch over and over... you get the picture. I'm obsessed." (Kristen)

5. All That I Am, Santana. "Everyone should cop this, but don't ask us to burn a copy. Please go purchase it. "'Sing' to us, Santana!" (The Barnettes)

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