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You may remember Summer from the Indy's Feb. 5, 2004 cover. Then, she was an up-and-coming acoustic guitarist/vocalist who, with plenty of persistence from her mom, was becoming a ubiquitous name on the reality-TV audition circuit (think "American Idol" and "Star Search"), as well as bowling alley and bar stages. Summer shipped out to Nashville to make it big, which is why she's been scarce in these parts lately. But she returned last weekend to take the stage and the gold at the Colgate Country Showdown in Pueblo. She'll compete again at the Showdown's Southwest Regionals on Oct. 22 in New Mexico. You can learn more at colgatecountryshowdown.com.

Being a nerd, dork or an outsider actually can make you cool, provided you have a method for artistic expression. Think of Napoleon Dynamite's transformation after wowing classmates with his sweet dance moves. Fag Team, decked out in their bow ties, singing their too-smart-for-you lyrics, and grooving their pop-folksy sound, spent the past three years reminding the Springs that it's OK to be dorky. We also learned that being your nerd-self is so much better than pretending to be anything else. Fag Team played their final show last Thursday at Shuga's, before bidding two of their six members farewell. The place was packed and the band was energetic, out of tune and, for one last night, the most original on the scene. Viva los nerds!

Calling those who still long to "Bring the Noise"! Acid-washed jean jackets, "pegged" pants and Slayer patches may come and go, but thank goodness Anthrax guitarist/poster boy Scott Ian's long, crazy beard never goes out of style. Just to make you feel ridiculously old, the metal pioneers are releasing a double-disc anthology to celebrate their 20 freakin' years together. The collection, appropriately called Anthrology: No Hit Wonders (1985-1991), is due Sept. 20, along with a same-titled DVD collection and a whole 'nother live CD/DVD package called Alive 2. We can only hope their aforementioned groundbreaking collaboration with Public Enemy is included. Hesh to the flesh, baby!

This just in: Dolly Parton at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Oct. 6; Willy Porter, Soiled Dove, Denver, Oct. 15.

This week: Cracker, Lion's Lair, Denver, Sept. 2; Joan Osborne, Taste of Colorado, Denver, Sept. 2; dreamboat Clay Walker, Pepsi Center, Denver, Sept. 3; New Orleans funksters Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Southside Johnny's (528 S. Tejon St.), Sept. 6.

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