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Today in Backbeat Online:Oakhurst on tour and in need of veggie oil. • Ghost Buffalo gets robbed. May the burglars burn in hell. • Everything Absent or Distorted (a love story) makes top 20 adds on CMJ. • Van Morrison revisits perhaps his finest hour, forty years later. • Need a mid-week pick-me-up? Behold the Band Formerly Known as Prince. • Beirut grabs top spot at Wax Trax Records. • Q&A with Photo Atlas. • The Fray checks in at number three on Billboard 200. • How much would you pay for a Chris Brown calendar?

Today in Cafe Society:Turn on the TV: Top Chef finale tonight. • Two Spoons to bring soup and gelato to the masses. • Our Weekly Bread: Cheesesteak Connection. • Get some Sweet Action on Broadway. • Auld Dubliner now Marmalade Bar & Cafe. • In anticipation of the Top Chef finale.

Today in The Latest Word:A Denver Post headline asks: Does crack kill -- or does it smell?Only in 21st century America: Warring fartlords go to court. • A former Denver newsman on why America should give Al-Jazeera English a chancePBS viewers will soon get the chance to see Denver crumble. • How much does Anti-Gym's Michael Karolchyk owe to the IRS? Let's just say his wallet isn't looking too chubby these days...

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