American Idol

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Taste of Colorado 2013 schedule

    Earlier this summer, we noted that MC Hammer was one of the headliners slated for this year's annual Taste of Colorado festival, which kicks off tomorrow, Friday, August 30, and runs through Monday, September 2, along with Aaron Neville and some American Idol alumni. We've now got the full lineup, w ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 1, 2013
  • Music

    April 25, 2013


    Thursday, April 25, Bluebird Theater, 888-929-7849; Sunday, April 28, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Calendar

    January 24, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Chartbreaker: In a clash of Idols, Adam Lambert unseats Carrie Underwood with Trespassing

    It's a big week for American Idol this week. Besides the crowning of the season 11 winner, Phillip Phillips, the singing talent show sees another of its alums rise to the top of the Billboard 200 chart. The first time in chart history, one Idol is succeeded by another, as Adam Lambert's Trespassi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Leonard Cohen, Big Gigantic, Big K.R.I.T. and Thurston Moore lead this week's new shows

    A lot of big concert news this week. Really big. Emphasis on big, both in stature and some literally in name: Leonard Cohen is coming back to Colorado this fall for a date at the 1STBANK Center. Before that, though, Big Gigantic is slated to make its Red Rocks debut in September, Big K.R.I.T. will b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    If Britney Spears accepts X Factor job, she could still learn a sexy thing or two from Christina

    This time last year, the most contagious pop trend was working with Pitbull, and what a bandwagon trend that was. As much as we're glad the Pitbull days are over, we're not too hot for this new thing, either. And this new thing, somewhat strangely, is serving as a judge for a televised singing compe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Top 7 goes Gaga, and Jessica Sanchez is still around, but probably won't be past tonight

    Last night's episode of American Idol saw the Top 7 tackle a new set of songs -- one produced between now and the turn of the century and one school classic. Some performances worked, some didn't, but there was certainly a lot of Lady Gaga and Alicia Keys for one episode.

  • Calendar

    March 29, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    American Idol Las Vegas: more groups, more tears

    American Idol hit a high point last night. For the first time in the season, it was about the music (a change in focus that has needed to happen since day one of the preliminary audition rounds). Contestants who deserved to be pushed through to the next round do, while others are sent home. In the ... More >>

  • Music

    February 9, 2012

    Lady Antebellum

    Wednesday, February 15, Pepsi Center, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    American Idol in Galveston: Just like the good ol' days

    Last night's episode of American Idol offered us a few strong contenders and an out-of-place space shuttle opening sequence. Houston, we have a problem: we're not actually in Houston -- despite misleading promos, we're in Galveston, Texas. Don't be deceived, people. Skylar Laine, a sweet seventeen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Mudhoney, Cattle Decapitation, the Wailers and more this weekend

    Sub Pop / Shawn BrackbillCatch Mudhoney tonight at the Bluebird for the Kulwicki Twins benefit with the Fluid and the Purple Fluid​Even in the early part of January when the concert calendar is typically just barely beginning to ramp back up after the holiday season, there's still plenty of gr ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 9, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    What's killing the music industry? Auto-Tune? The Internet? American Idol? All of the above?

    ​The music industry has been marked for death for a long time now, but amazingly, nobody has managed to come up with a concrete reason as to why. Sure, it's easy to assign blame, but the real reason the music is dying is still a mystery to most people in the industry. Thankfully, plenty of sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    JLo's "On The Floor" vs. Diddy's "Ass On The Floor"

    ​American Idol reunited JLo and Diddy last night, when the latter came to perform on the show now judged by the former. In case you need a refresher, the two had a very public, very volatile relationship ten years ago.

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    American Idol: Emma Henry's quest ends, while Julie Zorrilla's continues

    Julie Zorrilla​The headline pretty much says it all. If you didn't happen to catch American Idol last night, you missed JLO's dour assessment of Emma Henry's prospects in the competition ringing true. Henry was sent packing after her group, the Deep V's -- which included James Durbin, that ann ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Brazilian cab driver imitates Michael Jackson perfectly

    If this Brazilian cab driver can imitate Michael Jackson so perfectly, and a homeless dude with a golden voice can come out of the wood work, surely we can predict when and where the next rising star will come simply by reaching out into the community. Here is a list of the best possibilities of r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    How poop is smarter than Jesus: Google Reading Level ranks 100 random things

    ​​ Google introduced a new way of filtering search results last week: By reading level. You type something in and it tells you how many results fall into one of levels. Fair enough: if you're writing a research paper on sexual health or something, and thoughtful information would normal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    John Kinsner named new production manager at Nokia Theatre on AEG's LA Live Campus

    ​Looks like Christmas has come early for John Kinsner. This afternoon, the Walnut Room's former talent buyer, who moved to Los Angeles this past fall, accepted a position with AEG Live at its LA Live Campus as the new production manager for the Nokia Theatre.

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Westword Music Showcase local lineup revealed

    Gabriel Rovick And Ryan James (Focus 4 Design)​ The complete lineup for Showcase has been finalized, and all that's left to do now is countdown the days until the sixteenth annual Westword Music Showcase takes place on Saturday, June 19. Nearly a hundred local acts (well over a hundred if y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Tool, Limp Bizkit, American Idol Live! shows announced

    ​Nearly a year after Tool's triumphant headlining set at the Mile High Music Festival, Maynard James Keenan and company return to the area for a two-night stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Monday and Tuesday, June 28 and 29. Reserved tickets are $52.50 to $69.50 and go on sale Saturday, May 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Top 10 bad boyfriends -- as inspired by Operation Cock Block target Bill Sullivan

    Watch out, ladies.​ If Bill Sullivan were on trial for being a bad boyfriend, we're pretty sure he'd be found guilty. Exhibit A? The evidence presented by his exes in this week's feature, " ." We're also sure that Bill would have lots of company in Bad Boyfriend Jail. To prove it, we've compi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Matt Morris's song "Live Forever" to be featured on American Idol tonight

    D'oh! We were so caught up gushing about The Pirate Signal's stellar new album, No Weak Heart Shall Prosper, that we almost completely forgot to mention that Matt Morris's song "Live Forever" is going to be featured on American Idol tonight during its two-hour Idol Gives Back fund-raising show. No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Don't Drink the Koolaid: Glee returns to television tonight, much to our chagrin

    The most inexplicably popular show on television returns with the second half of season one tonight. The episode is called "Hell-O" because all the songs they sing have either Hell or Hello in the title. Get it? In general, we're open-minded about mass culture, but on this one we agree with Jef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Moving Pictures: 3OH!3 on American Idol performing with Ke$ha

    Just when we thought we'd seen the last of the Coloradoans on this season of American Idol comes this: Somehow, wrapped up with all the South By Southwest-related hubbub last week, we managed to miss 3OH!3 performing "Blah Blah Blah" on Idol with Ke$ha. The props were mildly amusing (score one for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Jessica Furney, American Idol contestant in Denver: If all else fails, appeal to Simon Cowell's vanity

    Tuesday's episode of American Idol spotlighted Denver, giving the rest of the country an opportunity to check out Haeley Vaughn, Colorado's great Idol hope, not to mention Ty Hemmerling, the shapely contestant known as Bikini Boy. But last night's compendium of the audition rounds featured some add ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Haeley Vaughn is Colorado's great American Idol hope

    For a while, it looked as if the most notable thing to happen at the Denver auditions for American Idol would be the death of a dog left locked in a car by an idiotic wannabe from North Dakota. Frankly, most of the contestants seen receiving golden tickets to Hollywood during last night's Denver-b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Victoria Beckham in Denver for American Idol auditions?

    The Posh one.​Many locals are no doubt still emotionally distraught by Paula Abdul's absence from today's latest round of American Idol judging in Denver. But it looks as if such people will be getting a celebrity booster shot to assist in their recovery. To whit: reports that Vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Hearsay bits: Mansfields, Hello Kavita, Whygee & Sunkenstate, DJ Klaw and more

    New music: The Mansfields, who just completed a tour with the Queers, will be recording a new album in Atlanta, and Joe Queer will be reportedly producing it. Hello Kavita has posted three new songs ("Sunday," "To a Loved One" and "Ok") on its MySpace page from the forthcoming album the outfit has b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    An American Idol audition that killed a dog

    A Flickr photo"No golden ticket for you." The American Idol auditions that turned Invesco Field at Mile High into an ear-damage danger zone for three days earlier this week racked up at least one casualty. Quincy Vanderbilt, a 24-year-old North Dakotan was charged with animal cruelty and given an A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    The blog shortcut, July 15 edition

    Danielle Ate the Sandwich -- and then punched it, hard. Put up your dukes. Today in Backbeat Online: • Danielle Ate the Sandwich: Better than a bag of poop on fire! • Last Night: Paul Sprawl at the Laughing Goat in Boulder. • Hearsay bits: City Hall, Speakeasy Tiger, Torch the Wagon, Patrick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    The blog shortcut, July 7 edition

    Photo by Cajun BoyMongo meets meat. Everyone form a line. Today in Cafe Society: • Hot Diggity Dog: Denver's Mongo Marquez joined the big leagues at Nathan's on July 4. • Civic Center Eats: Sweet Revenge cookies. • Tonight: Frasca wines paired with small plates from MiniBAR. • Where am I d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Jesus tells Colorado native Heidi Montag to love the mean people on her new reality show

    Denver pizza entrepreneur Mark Huebner isn't the only Coloradan scoring points for engaging in a "Verbal Fight/Physical Fight" on television these days. Crested Butte's Heidi Montag -- along with her fluffy-haired weenie of a husband, Spencer Pratt -- is a contestant on the lamely named NBC realit ... More >>

  • News

    May 28, 2009

    Jared Polis is having a tough year on TV

    Colorado connections make these reality TV shows more fun to watch.

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Q&A with Adele

    British singer-songwriter Adele Adkins, who's in town for a sold-out show at the Bluebird Theater tonight, is having a moment. She's been nominated for four Grammy awards, including Song of the Year and Best New Artist, in conjunction with 19, an album named for her age upon the time of its release. ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 18, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 28, 2007
  • Music

    August 9, 2007

    Coles Whalen

    Nothing Is Too Much
    Iconic Records

  • Home Entertainment

    October 19, 2006
  • Film

    April 20, 2006

    Tube Boobs

    American Dreamz' nation of idiots lands a little close to home.

  • Culture

    April 13, 2006

    Hit Parade

    It's business as usual for the Civic Center, Denver's premier urban space.

  • Music

    February 23, 2006

    Josh Gracin

    Friday, February 24, Grizzly Rose, 303-295-1330.

  • Music

    February 23, 2006

    Il Divo

    Ancora (Columbia/Syco Music)

  • Calendar

    July 28, 2005
  • News

    June 23, 2005

    Off Limits

    Fantastic Voyage

  • Calendar

    February 24, 2005

    American Idolatry

    CU searches for its stars.

  • Music

    February 3, 2005


    Thursday, February 3, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.

  • Music

    December 12, 2002


    Haiku you: The years worst records get poetic justice.

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