Conor Oberst in concert.

The Westword.com blog shortcut, October 17 edition

We've got your pre-weekend bloggery all lined up.

Today in Backbeat Online:Conor Oberst, of Bright Eyes fame, captured on stage at the Ogden Theatre. • A live review of M.A.N.D.Y. at Beta. • Our Friday Rap-Up feature, spotlighting nerdcore rapper ytCracker. It's crisp.

Today in Cafe Society: • A sip from Red Trolley's root-beer happy hour. • Phoenix chef Mark Tarbell's thus-far-unnamed new restaurant. • The Candy Girls' caramel extravaganza.

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