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Dan Byars echoes these sentiments. His site, Colorado Rock (at www.coloradorock.com), has been in existence since late last year, and at present, he says, "there are about 150 links to other bands and everything else that I could find in Colorado. There's even an add-a-link page, so that if someone finds the site and wants to be on it, they can do it themselves. And I've got a lot of pictures on there. I bring my camera everywhere, so I'll take pictures of bands and put them up." The site also includes lyrics and a musicians' referral service that attempts to help like-minded performers get together. Byars knows the latter works: He used it to put together the Babysitters, one of his two groups (Beast is the other one).

Byars spends the majority of his week keeping Colorado Rock up to date, and the only compensation he receives is when someone who visits the site hires one of his bands to play at a bar or a wedding. Nonetheless, his only complaint is that more people aren't computer savvy. "Sometimes I tell musicians about this, and they don't know what I'm talking about," he says. "I can't wait until everybody buys a computer and gets on the Net."

The Red Aunts, which has been one of the planet's best punk groups for several years, is breaking up; its last visit to Denver takes place on Friday, July 17, at the Bluebird Theater. In other news, a lot of terrible bands are still together. Typical.

From this point on, Phantasmorgasm's Big Mike wishes to be known as Cactus Marco; he's switching monikers, he says, because there are "too goddamn many Big Mikes in town now, as opposed to ten years ago, when I was the only Big Mike in the state." He's also formed a new company, Oblio Entertainment Group, that will specialize in publishing and production. Musicians interested in learning more should call 615-3314.

Tell 'em Little Mike sent you. On Thursday, July 16, Alison Brown colors her world at Quixote's True Blue. On Friday, July 17, Feeder plays for free at the Ogden Theatre with Opie Gone Bad, voted the best rock band in Denver by you, the Westword readers; Pierce Pettis croons at Corona Presbyterian Church; and Austin's 8 & 1/2 Souvenirs do an in-store appearance at Twist & Shout. On Saturday, July 18, Sandpaper Love rubs you the right way at Grandma's Area 39, with Anne Frank on Crank and Cunnilingus; the Winstons smoke at the Acoustic Coffeehouse in Nederland; and Paul Galaxy and the Galactix go into orbit at the Skyline Cafe. On Sunday, July 19, Westword profile subjects Kingdom and Nyke Loc appear at "Buttafest 98" at the Fox Theatre. On Monday, July 20, Scared of Chaka does a Khan job at the 15th Street Tavern, with Brand New Unit and the Family Men. On Tuesday, July 21, Michael Hill's Blues Mob hits Brendan's. And on Wednesday, July 22, Vicki Taylor warbles at Swallow Hill Music Hall; Charlie Hunter stalks prey at Herman's; Gravity Kills falls to earth at the Ogden, with Pitchshifter; and Drugstore is open for business at the Mercury Cafe. Make mine a double.

--Michael Roberts

Backbeat's e-mail address is: Michael_Roberts@westword.com. While you're online, visit Michael Roberts's Jukebox at www.westword.com.

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