The Blog Shortcut, July 11 Edition

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Backbeat Online introduces "Scratch and Dent," a new column by acclaimed singer-songwriter John Common. For his first effort, he looks back on his stint in the KISS Army. Gene Simmons wants you -- but that's no surprise. Also new: "Saving Grace," which finds the one nugget on an otherwise exercrable album -- in this case, Bob Dylan's Self-Portrait. And there's a live review of The Ideal Fathers, too.

The Cat's Pajamas invites you to a Sweet Summer Sample Sale, eyeballs some trendy Colfaxers and catches participants in this week's Henry awards looking particularly fetching. In Cafe Society, the Candy Girls share their innermost thoughts about a chocolate therapist. And in Demver, confessed Obama supporter Sean Cronin finds something to like about a John McCain ad. See -- we can all get along. -- Michael Roberts

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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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