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The Westword.com blog shortcut, August 24 edition

Lash-ing out.

Today in Backbeat Online:Over the Weekend: Bat for Lashes at the Bluebird Theater. • Over the Weekend: The Avett Brothers at the Ogden Theatre. • Over the Weekend: The Flaming Lips at Red Rocks. • Over the Weekend: Mos Def and Talib Kweli at the Gothic Theatre. • Over the Weekend: Nobunny at Denver Creative Co-Op Studio.

Today in Cafe Society:On the job: The hazards of being a host. • Milking It: Mother's Graham Bumpers. • The Larimer Square guys and Sean Kelly get a pizza the action. • Holy Sunday! Biker Jim now peddling his dogs at the South Pearl Street farmers' market. • Best Invention Ever: The Red Bull of beef jerky.

Today in The Latest Word:Inconsistencies in Chatfield High mystery smell story. • Kyle Orton looking like Brian Griese 2.0. • Another weekend, another music format for The Truth. • Barack Obama digs Denver author Kent Haruf. • Seriously -- these guys dealt meth? The thought really amps us up.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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