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The Westword.com blog shortcut, January 23 edition

You've got a lot of reading to do. But not like three chapters of The Grapes of Wrath, due by tomorrow. Fun reading.

Today in Backbeat Online:

Meese finishes new album and lands mug in Spin.

Has hip-hop dance crew BreakEFX met their match?

A first look at the Fray's new documentary

Leftover Salmon's Bill McKay arrested.

From Blonde to Black: When DJs attack.

Update: Single File previews new song and recordings.

Mile Hi-Fidelity recast + playlist -- 01-21-09.

Guru shows love to Colorado hip-hop artists.

Update: John Common's People's Kazoo Orchestra.

Frontside Five signs with DC-Jam Records.

29th St. Disciples signs with Zodiac Killer.

Today in Cafe Society:

Pizzeria Mundo is closed, with a rent bill on the door.

Pulcinella: another closed call?

Get extreme at Falling Rock Tap House.

Today in The Latest Word:

Channel 9's Drew Soicher threatens Mike Shanahan bobblehead with decapitation.

Details about next week's candlelight vigil for the Rocky Mountain News.

If you listen closely to a rock, does it sound like John Denver?

Fort Collins Coloradoan editor Bob Moore on Gannett's company-wide furlough program.

Shmuck: a dad and two thieves. Three's a crowd.