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The Westword.com blog shortcut, September 11, 2009

Yeah, I hate typing that date, too.

Today in Backbeat Online:Our top 5 Monolith can't-miss acts. • Q&A with Frank Turner. • Q&A with Jinji Thompson of the Skyline Surrender. • Monolith Q&A: Monotonix. • MP3 Freeloader: DJ MU$A offers new mixtape, Techno Savvy.

Today in Cafe Society:A classic Denver Food & Wine Classic. • The DeKuyper Mix Master Bartender Contest will come to order. • Cheba Hut is a hit with Greeley judge. • Food mouthpiece Tony Bourdain lectures in Denver on November 18. • On the menu at Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza.

Today in The Latest Word:Don't expect a Mike Rosen-David Sirota debate sequel. • Barack Obama's Michael Bennet shout-out. • Does Chad Ocho Cinoco plan a siesta against the Broncos?Meanings of banned jelly bracelets: Is silver a hand job, fisting or outdoor sex?Shmucks of the Week: Middle schoolers. Grow up, already.

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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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