Being recognized as a top singer two years running by American Idol seems like it should be a high point in a singer's career. For Aurora singer Devan Blake Jones, the experience was more painful than if he had never tried in the first place. But he credits his time there for his knowledge of how to ... More >>
Alert your darling niece, the one whose mom just insists she's the next Christina Aguilera, that stardom awaits. X Factor auditions are being held at the Denver Coliseum; wristbands will be issued on Sunday, May 12, at 8 a.m. and auditions are slated for Tuesday, May 14. Unlike the first season, whe ... More >>
John Mayer knocks Adam Lambert from the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart this week as Mayer's new record, Born And Raised, lands at number one. Lambert's Trespassing, meanwhile, drops all the way to number twelve. Born And Raised is Mayer's third number-one album, joining 2003's Heavier Things ... More >>
And just like that, America got it wrong. On last night's results round of American Idol, one of the stronger, consistent contenders, Colton Dixon, was eliminated after two solid performances on Wednesday night. Apparently, fans didn't like his take on Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" or Earth Wind & Fire ... More >>
Kudos to Stevie Nicks, this week's guest mentor on American Idol. Last night, she helped turn a two-person race into anyone's game, as all song choices were spot-on --- songs by contestants' personal idols -- and for the first time since this season began, every single contestant brought out their b ... More >>
In the past two weeks, American Idol has eliminated two of its weaker contestants, Shannon Magrane last week and Erika Van Pelt last night. While we're sad to see them go (kind of), what we'd really like to see eliminated is the strange choice of music themes from week to week. A Billy Joel week(rea ... More >>
So there you have it. As of last night's elimination round, American Idol is now down to the Top 12, and the person sent home quite frankly deserved to go. Good job, America. The top thirteen opened the show with Stevie Wonder's "As." For a group number, it was nothing special, but the inspired, ye ... More >>
Last night's episode of American Idol wasn't nearly as awkward as we had anticipated. With the ladies required to perform songs from the late Whitney Houston's catalog (and the men required to do Stevie Wonder), we expected there to be more sensitivity surrounding the singer and her recent passing. ... More >>
Over two days of competition, three American Idol contestants took on Adele -- Eben Franckewitz, Elise Testone and Jen Hirsh. Adele's not easy to sing, as Franckewitz proved two nights ago, but the ladies brought the vocal power last night to do the British soulstress justice. Testone's take on "On ... More >>
Denver, meet Su Charles (aka SuCh), the latest American Idol hopeful from our city. Aside from having an exceptional voice, Charles has quite an inspiring story. The child of Haitian immigrants, Charles was born in Boston to a pastor and a school teacher. Raised in Long Island, New York, Charles beg ... More >>
Ah, yes, Magic Cyclops: To know him is to love him. The Quad City Madman (not really, you swag-jacking morning show mooks in Davenport -- he's all ours) has successfully turned a fleeting American Idol cameo into catapult to fame and fortune. Er, maybe just fame. The fortune part is still elu ... More >>
Fox.comCatch Julie Zorilla along with Amanda Hawkins and Devan Blake Jones this Saturday night at the Walnut Room for the Mercury Sauce showcase Three of the city's hottest R&B singers, Amanda Hawkins, Devan Blake Jones and American Idol alumnus Julie Zorilla, are performing together on one b ... More >>
Just in time for the annual National Western Stock Show, which will be wrapping up around then, Brad Paisley is slated to return to the Mile High City with the Band Perry and freshly minted American Idol winner Scotty McCreery. Tickets for this stop of the Camobunga Tour (don't ask -- we have ... More >>
Videos below.MTV debuted thirty years ago -- and I was there. The cable system in my conservative hometown of Grand Junction began airing the net on day one -- and my friends and I were instant converts. We used the wall-to-wall music clips as near-constant background media even though many, ... More >>
Don't know if you happened to catch Idol last night. If you didn't, you missed "Girls' Night" in which all of the top twelve ladies had a chance to perform individually. Despite being early boosters of Julie Zorrilla, if we're being honest here, we have to say it just wasn't a good look for h ... More >>
Improv is based on inclusiveness; competition implies exclusivity. It's pretty safe to assume, then, that the two can't mix, isn't it? It is not. Bovine Metropolis successfully combines the uncombinable in Denver's Next Improv Star, a competition that aims to find the city's funniest improvi ... More >>
Saturday, July 17, Paramount Theatre, 303-623-0106.
Photo by perfect_hexagonWhat's in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet; (And be a lot easier to find via Google) So, you're starting a band, huh? Well, good for you. We hope you're enjoying our "Making the Band" series and finding the tips on the practical ... More >>
If Lilly Scott doesn't win this whole thing on the strength of her talent, she should win just by virtue of the fact that she's infinitely more interesting than, well, everyone else on Idol this season. Really. Her song choices alone ("Lullaby of Birdland," "A Change Is Gonna Come" and "I Fall to ... More >>
If you're anywhere near the idiot box tonight, be sure to set your dial to MTV around 8 p.m. -- and if you're not, then at least set your DVR. This is big. In a week when some other homegrown hopefuls are showcasing their wares on American Idol, select members of the BreakEFX dance crew will be repr ... More >>
Based on the edition of American Idol focusing on Denver auditions, we declared Fort Collins' Haeley Vaughn to be Colorado's great American Idol hope. (Of course, Bikini Boy Ty Hemmerling made a different kind of impression.) But last night's episode marking the beginning of Hollywood Week (and the ... More >>
Another genius idea has emerged from Japan, where entrepreneurs have developed a fire alarm for deaf people that uses wasabi powder to penetrate the nostrils and alert them to imminent danger. The wall-mounted alarm has a container of compressed, concentrated wasabi mist that, at the first h ... More >>
There's still a month to go before the year ends -- plenty of time for more people to join the elite flock of fuck-ups for 2009 (and for Josh McDaniels to get back on the list, after his last-second reprieve with yesterday's win). Still, there's been no shortage of Colorado turkeys this year ... More >>
Boulder: Where naked pumpkin runs and text-message debate-ousting happen.If you happen to be a perpetually-stoned TV junkie who toggles between Idol and The Soup and enjoys the occasional Tank-from-Old-Scool-style streaking, tonight's city council debate in Boulder is most definitely in your ... More >>
Victoia Beckham: icy?On Friday, we told you about Victoria Beckham's stealth visit to Denver to participate in American Idol callbacks. Now, the early reviews are in -- the kind shared by anonymous whisperers -- and they're not very good. RadarOnline reports that while the once-and-future Pos ... More >>
Photo by Aaron ThackerayBusta on the Rocks.Shall we rap? Today in Backbeat Online: • Last Night: Rock the Bells at Red Rocks. • MP3 Freeloader: Rockie making a splash on the club scene. • Zebra Junction closes up shop this evening. • Q&A with Jared Piccone of Innerpartysystem. • Q& ... More >>
Learn about Afghanistans version of American Idol in a documentary.
It'll Be Alright
Sometimes we have to dig a little to find a shmuck worthy of our weekly dishonor. And sometimes, a dude lets his girlfriend's terrier die a slow death out in the car while he watches her audition for American Idol. Oh, Quincy Vanderbilt from North Dakota. You could have done so many things diffe ... More >>
Photo by Lori Midson"Are you sure we're empowering ourselves by doing this?" This shortcut is a stripped-down version. Today in Cafe Society: • Jonesy's EatBar staff bears their cleavage for a good cause. • Tonight: Twenty bucks, twenty wines at the Table Mountain Inn. • Mulberries to pack u ... More >>
Photo: Summit Sudios Found yet another batch of videos of a band hard at work in the studio. These feature Rough Draft, an up-and-coming, unabashed Christian rock act from Fort Collins that spends the bulk of its time on the road. Coming off winning the band competition at the Gospel Association's a ... More >>
Call me daddy. No, really. Here's a convenient and useful guide to all the wonderful content you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were reeling from the shock and disbelief of discovering that Clay Aiken, of American Idol fame, has somehow managed to spawn, and is now a fath ... More >>
Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: The ten-year anniversary of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea has arrived, and this live set from 1997, covering several songs from the now-classic release, is as good a way as any to celebrate.
Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain: Glorification of violence, misogyny and lots of angry white kids all figure prominently in this Necro review.
These road warriors are in love with a tollway.
Ace Young wants to keep his private parts private.
The fifteen-minute span during which each of us is supposed to be famous has been shrinking ever since Andy Warhol first offered his most memorable bon mot. In contrast, the period for which the once-famous or barely famous must suffer ignominy and embarrassment continues to lengthen, as Ace Young, ... More >>
Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen (Hollywood)
Rounding up holiday discs that offer season's greetings -- and beatings.