The Westword.com blog shortcut, August 7 edition

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Today in Backbeat Online:Last Night: Rock the Bells at Red Rocks. • MP3 Freeloader: Rockie making a splash on the club scene. • Zebra Junction closes up shop this evening. • Q&A with Jared Piccone of Innerpartysystem. • Q&A with Brandon Whalen of My Body Sings Electric. • Gary Sinise encourages Civic pride tomorrow night.

Today in Cafe Society:This weekend: Chocolate, Colorado wines and craft beers. • Geek in the Galley: The toaster of tomorrow. • Cheba Hut gets ready to smoke. • Beers and Brewhahas: Bill Ritter vs. Labor Unions and his own party. • Guess where I'm eating?One night in Beaver Creek.

Today in The Latest Word:We miss you already, Paula!: American Idol auditions in Denver, round two. • Pelosi appearance: Free (and often stupid) speech lives. • Another pussy move from Jay Cutler. • My moment with John Hughes. • Pueblo rally compares Obamacare to Pol Pot, Hitler. • Bob Newman fights for the haters. What the world needs now is love, sweet love.

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