KVELERTAK @ LARIMER LOUNGE | 4/30/13 With a name that translates roughly to "stranglehold" in Norwegian, this sextet has spent the last six years cultivating a sound that feels like a mixture of black metal and the Stooges, Cave In and Converge. Fittingly, the frontman of that last act, Kurt Ballou, ... More >>
Five months of auditions, live performances and rounds and rounds of voting led to last night's big moment. Who would be crowned the American Idol champion after so much anticipation? Who deserved to win? Phillip Phillips. Beating Jessica Sanchez, the season's runner-up, in a record-breaking 132 m ... More >>
It's down to the wire now. Last night's performances will determine which of the three remaining Idol contestants will make it through to the final and ultimately win the entire competition, which, with the elimination of Hollie Cavanagh last week, is anyone's game at this point. The contestants eac ... More >>
The verses to Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" play through speakers undeniably, quintessentially and unexpectedly like Tyga's "Rack City." What the hell? When did the sugary pop we were to expect from this boy-band-of-one fizz out? It must have been when his voice started changing just before he release ... More >>
Even before the contestants performed last night, one had been eliminated. Jermaine Jones, the "gentle giant" of this season's American Idol, was forced to leave the show after Idol staff's discovery of his criminal activity -- oh, and him lying to Idol producers about the whole thing didn't help th ... 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 >>
The first of the live rounds, last night's episode of American Idol was a welcomed return to true form. We saw all of the male contestants in the Top 24 perform, including the thirteenth contender who was brought back to compete live, Jermaine Jones, the appropriately dubbed "gentle giant" with a st ... 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 >>
The weekend before Valentine's Day has plenty of love (and anti-love) themed fun to offer, whether or not you're attached. From a Barbie and Ken art exhibit to a Victorian Mourning ceremony, we've got it all for less than $10. It will be way better than binging on heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. We ... More >>
Symone Black's plummet from the stage doesn't compare to the decline in viewers Idol will see next week if it doesn't focus more on singing and less on drama.Listen here, American Idol producers: Spending a large majority of last night's show, the second part of the Hollywood round, on anythi ... More >>
Forget Lil Kim. At this point in her career, Nicki Minaj's only enemy is herself and "Super Bass." That track, which catapulted Minaj into a mainstream as cross-genre artist and onto the iPods of Taylor Swift fans everywhere, will be her "Lose Yourself" -- the song that defines Minaj's career until ... More >>
American Idol glided through Pittsburgh last night without blemish. There weren't any major breakdowns, nor letdowns, nor catty digs at Steven Tyler's wacky facial expressions. No, the Steel City produced a cornucopia of talented, Hollywood-bound contestants -- a whopping 38 in total, with big ambit ... More >>
With major comebacks and massive hits, 2011 was the year of the women, from BeyoncĂ© to Miley Cyrus. Without singers like Adele, we wouldn't have songs to cry along with, and without Katy Perry, we wouldn't have any songs to hum at our nine to five. So what exactly were the biggest pop moments of 20 ... More >>
Lori MidsonAfter six months helming the kitchen of Hideaway Steakhouse, Chris Cina is gone."Hideaway Steakhouse brings on new Executive Chef, Todd Adkins, who has cooked for President Clinton and J Lo and has studied in Paris!" exclaimed the press release that landed in my inbox last week fr ... More >>
Big pics below.Update: The nationwide manhunt for Bret Lee Thompson, accused of kidnapping an eight-year-old girl from a southwest Denver alley and sexually assaulting her, didn't end in dramatic fashion. According to the FBI, authorities in Brunswick, New Jersey found him sleeping in his va ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: In concert news, Phish is closing out its tour at Dick's on Labor Day weekend, Roger Daltrey is performing the Who's Tommy at 1STBANK in October, Return to Forever is returning the Paramount and Sugarland is stopping by Comfort Dental with Sara B ... More >>
The IRS loves leaning on rich people for tax evasion. Case in point, reports have surfaced that Lil' Jon (whose house was just foreclosed on in August) is on the hook for $638,000. It's certainly not easy to do taxes if you're a musician -- or any type of entertainer for that matter -- which ... More >>
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