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The Westword.com blog shortcut, November 19 edition

The Fray are waiting for you.

The hits just keep on comin'.

Today in Backbeat Online:

The Fray is previewing new songs live at Snow Daze in Vail.

Talking golf and rock in a Q&A with Dead Confederate's Hardy Morris.

Apollo Sunshine's Sam Cohen gets the Backbeat Q&A treatment, too.

Checking out A Shoreline Dream's video short.

Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy album leaks. Axl Rose can't be stoked.

Speaking of Chinese Democracy, Chuck Klosterman votes "yes."

Today in Cafe Society:

Merle's may occupy a former garage, but it's no greasy spoon.

Beatrice & Woodsley is a real trip.

Paris Wine Bar offers an all-day happy hour "Recession Menu."

The most famous line cook at HoJo's: Jacques Pepin.

Today in The Latest Word:

Longmont Times-Call employees are invited to serve as valets at the owners' Christmas party.

Welcome to the Mile High City, Saggy-Boob Electric Penis.

Could Wayne Allard actually be a good CSU chancellor?

TV host Aaron Harber on why he should be Colorado's next Secretary of State.

A Q&A with Matt Wolf, director of Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell.

Joe Principe's standoff with the cops ends badly. As all too many standoffs do. -- Michael Roberts