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More fortunate in the scheduling department was Slim Cessna's Auto Club, which landed two shows, thanks to its recent signing with the Alternative Tentacles label out of San Francisco. The second Auto Club gig, at the Rodeo Bar in the East Village (an amusing glimpse of an Eastern interpretation of a Western bar, the place featured a giant, stuffed buffalo on a capricious landing, peanuts on the floor and martinis on the menu), was, without question, a rousing success. Slim crooned his songs of redemption and vice (and made reference to Nonnie, the fabulous waitress at Club 404 on Broadway) with an unusually animated Munly at his side. He won the audience members -- many of whom confessed they'd never heard of Slim Cessna, and some of whom had just stopped in to watch the Yankees beat the Mets -- right over. The Auto Club earned some new fans, sold some records, got to feel like rock stars. Maybe next time they'll even have a chichi guest list. And a line out the door. And those not quite cool enough to get in will just have to stay home and beam it in on their laptops.

Hazel Miller does not need to travel to New York City festivals to find her place in the musical world: Over the years, the diva songstress has clearly solidified her position as Denver's queen of soul. It's good news for a growing group of "Hazelheads," then, that Miller is finally set to release I'm Still Looking, her second full-length recording, on November 1. Miller's vocals on Looking aren't the only point of interest to fans of Colorado sounds, however: Produced by Bill Thomas of USA One Stop, the album's eleven tracks are penned by various Front Range songwriters, including Matthew Moon, Rob Smart, Stanley Milton and Chris Daniels. Miller also makes a songwriting contribution -- her first ever -- with "Heart 2 Heart," a breezy number that encapsulates her trademark blues. To celebrate the CD, Miller will host three CD-release parties: Friday, October 27, at the Soiled Dove, Tuesday, October 31, at The Foundry, and Sunday, November 19, at the grand opening of Borders Books & Music in Boulder. Here's looking at you...

Speaking of Chris Daniels, Backwash would like to clear up a little confusion generated by Marty Jones's piece on Daniels's band, "All the Kings Men," which ran in the October 5 issue. In that story, Darryl "Doody" Abrahamson was incorrectly identified as "Darryl Armstrong." In a letter to Westword, Abrahamson also pointed out it was he -- not Kings sax player Bryant Burton -- who relayed an amusing anecdote about the Alka-Seltzer jingle that appeared in the piece. We so hate to offend people with funny nicknames. Sorry, Doody.

Finally, there are enough Halloween events going on this week to make up for the fact that we are all too old to go trick-or-treating and maintain any dignity. Westword's concert and club listings are brimming with shows sporting All Hallows-appropriate themes, but as this one involves both copious amounts of good beer and drag queens, it seems worthy of mention. The Guinness Monster Bash, Saturday, October 28, at the Temple Events Center, will feature music from Opie Gone Bad and Tinker's Punishment, as well as a costume contest with a special category for cross-dressing. Should be fun for all the boys and ghouls. Call 303-777-6887 for more info.

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