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The Westword.com blog shortcut, September 14 edition

Monolithic.

Today in Backbeat Online:Monolith 2009, Day Two: The Mars Volta, Chromeo, Monotonix, Phoenix and more. • 3 the Hard Way premiere full video for "Truth."RIP, Jim Carroll. • Dialed In: This week's local music radio playlists. • Pissed Jeans top seller at Wax Trax for fourth week in a row. • Beatles albums dominate top sellers at Twist and Shout.

Today in Cafe Society:Tryst owner to open a sports bar, live music venue and gastropub in the former Alto space. • Milking It: EnviroKidz Leapin' Lemurs. • This week's culinary calendar. • Weeklong ¡Viva Mexico! celebrations at Zengo, Tamayo and La Sandia. • Snaps from the Denver Food & Wine Classic.

Today in The Latest Word:Broncos MVP in win over Bengals: Jesus Christ. • Could Clendenin case deal a blow to Colorado's pot biz?See Denver metro's nineteen most-wanted suspects. • Another marijuana-grow operation is uprooted in Pike National Forest. • They're baaaack: the black helicopters of Yoder. They're good with a blade.

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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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