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The Westword.com blog shortcut, September 21 edition

Working off the weekend.

Today in Backbeat Online:Over the Weekend: Spoke Shaver, Big Timber and Dualistics at the Larimer Lounge. • Hearts of Palm to reunite for a pair of proper farewell shows. • Pretty Lights new album to be available for free download. • Dialed In: This week's local music radio playlists. • The Broncos' taste in music sucks.

Today in Cafe Society:Under Fire: Through the gates. • Milking It: Kellogg's Low Fat Granola with Raisins. • Esquire names Minturn Saloon, Cruise Room and El Chapultepec three of America's best bars. • The week's culinary calendar: Beer today, beer tomorrow...The Festival Italiano does it right -- with sausage on a stick!Ask the Critic: Shelter from the storm.

Today in The Latest Word:Zazi learns media spins only goes so far. • Broncos' 2-0 start is meaningless. • Basebrawl: Rockies weekend Moby Dicks the Giants. • Andrew Romanoff looking for support in unlikely places. • Kenny Be's Yard Arteology: Cornball bronze outbreak in Belcaro. Hope it's not contagious.

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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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