Space Team Electra's long-awaited disc is finished at last. Pick up a copy at the group's CD-release party, Friday, May 22, at the Bluebird Theater, with Blue Ontario--or else keep listening to the same old, tired stuff until every muscle in your body atrophies once and for all.

Country Hits Steakhouse is starting to book live music. Acts that can play current country hits are encouraged to call Dave Crimmins at 403-0949. I'd do it myself, but my hat's at the cleaners. A couple of other venues--the Key Club and the blueroom--have just been purchased by Curt Simms, of I-Beam fame. You can't tell the players without a program.

In semi-amusing typographical-error news, a classified ad trolling for new Backbeat writers that ran in last week's paper was supposed to read: "People without strong opinions need not apply." But what got printed instead was "People with strong opinions need not apply." So to clear things up: Interested parties should send examples of their writing to Westword, c/o Michael Roberts, 1621 18th Street, Denver 80202. And those folks lacking fresh and original things to say will not--I repeat, not--be hired. Are we clear on that?

That's what I was afraid of. On Friday, May 22, Abdomen hosts a CD-release party in honor of its new disc, Weird to See, at the Lion's Lair, with the Emirs; Nina Storey returns to Colorado after an extensive tour to play at the Fox Theatre; Salamander Crossing slithers into the Acoustic Coffeehouse in Nederland; Cosmic Pond and the Novembers pencil a show at Cricket on the Hill onto their calendars; Portland, Oregon's Calobo rolls into Herman's Hideaway; and Sherri Jackson is part of a benefit for the Continental Divide Trail Alliance at the Boulder Theater. On Saturday, May 23, Buzz Bomber and the M-80s fly by Grandma's Area 39, with Concentrated Evil and Antics, and U.S. Bombs fall on CU-Boulder's Club 156. On Sunday, May 24, Belgium's Present offers its version of progressive rock at Maximilian's; Noise Therapy is provided to the Jason Bonham Band at the Buffalo Rose; Sam Bush is the main attraction at a taping for E-Town at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder; and Kelly Richey travels to the Little Bear. On Tuesday, May 26, Tequila Mockingbird takes wing at Iliff Park Saloon. And on Wednesday, May 27, the John Doe Thing is pulled out at the Fox; the Big 6 swing at the Bluebird Theater; and Cooler chills at Herman's as part of the venue's new-talent night. Brrrrr.

--Michael Roberts

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