Legions of angry parents were already up in arms when gangster rap began. After the 1985 PMRC senate hearing helped institute Parental Advisory stickers, albums by Ice-T and N.W.A. were among the first to be branded. Since then, rap as a musical form has continued to take its lumps for what concerne ... More >>
Seriously funny musicians are compelled to seriously not make serious music, finding the absurd around every corner of a melodious jack-in-the-box. Pop goes the weasel 'cuz the weasel goes pop! When most musicians give in to an urge to create dramatic music, these comedic musicians can't help but ta ... More >>
Becoming a comedian will get you laid, and becoming an author will get you respect, but from the perspective of a professional audience member like myself, the two really aren't all that different. When I'm doubled over by the lyrical whimsy of local comic Jordan Doll, I could be cracking up over To ... More >>
By Victor Gonzalez Gay, straight, bi, or simply rolling face, if you're a man with abs like Jesus and just enough fabric to cover your genitals, there was nothing wrong with showing off your manhood in Miami this past weekend. It's Ultra Music Festival, baby! And the Gym, Tan, Molly fraternal order ... More >>
For as many ill conceived hip-hop Christmas cuts that have been produced over the years, there have been as least as many that were great. While they're not all necessarily fun, feel good songs meant to get you in the spirit of the season, and some deal directly with the ills of the holiday or criti ... More >>
Switched On Xmas
Update: After news broke yesterday that Chris "Birdman" Andersen's Larkspur home had been searched in relation to a child-porn investigation, we've heard from authorities, but not from representatives of the inquiry's target. Now, however, Andersen's attorney has stepped forward, asserting that his ... More >>
It's going to be a holly, jolly Christmas with Michael Buble's new collection of holiday classics.Michael Buble put out a killer Christmas record, and it could not have come at a better time. While the charts are currently flooded with dance-pop beats, synthesizers-laden hooks and auto-tuned ... More >>
Quit hiding the Ice Palace. Gimme Santa.The Ice Palace will open its doors at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center at 5 p.m. today -- which means that Santa Claus will finally be in the house. Er, the mall. The Ice Palace -- a fancy name for a faux icicle-covered indoor forest -- will feature six ... More >>
Christmas can be intense: Rife with familial undercurrents and financial strain, the yuletide can bring a time of crushing disappointment, dissolving relationships, mounting tension and exploding tempers -- but if we open our hearts and we wish hard enough, it just might also be a time of red ... More >>
"National Velvet" sculpture by John McEnroe, dressed for the holidays. The Christmas tree shape and Santa Claus color of John McEnroe's sculpture at the base of the Highland bridge almost demands that "National Velvet" be decorated for the holidays. Inspired by the sculpture's similarity to ... More >>
It's not like Santa-themed slapstick is anything particularly new; if you had to count the number of times Tim Allen took a projectile to the nuts in the Santa Clause trilogy, you would probably get bored far before you finished, and then you would have to add at least one for the blistering ... More >>
Home for the holidays!As estranged family members start trickling into town this weekend for the holidays, chances are you're looking for something to do to show off this great city. You're probably also trying to do it on the cheap so you can save up for some awesome last minute gifts (or pa ... More >>
A Flickr photo.The holidays are fast approaching. Get in the spirit at a toy drive tonight and a wine-and-gift-basket bash on Sunday, with many options in between. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Guru (left) and heartless greed monger Solar (right). Photo by Barbara Mürdter There is no fence-riding in hip-hop. It is the most competitive genre of music, partly because of the way it formed and partly because it remains the newest major movement. So there is no shortage of hatred going ... More >>
That eggnog will getchaHere comes Santa Claus...right down Rockbar's lane. Rockbar is hosting its first ugly Xmas sweater party tonight. And guess who's in town? You got it. Jolly old Saint Nick will make an appearance, and he's bringing....well, backup. "Naughty elves" (and if you've ever b ... More >>
Every year, on a seemingly random day at the end of November, America celebrates Thanksgiving. (Canadians, as usual, get this completely wrong and hold it in October.) It's a day of tradition, a day to give thanks. And a day, or so it's become over time, that we all do inexplicable things j ... More >>
Lori MidsonSay bye-bye to the burgers from Old SchoolAt 6:06 p.m. last night, my phone rang. It was my kid -- distraught, in real tears and as pissed off as your kid would be if Santa Claus showed up at your house dressed like Barney or, worse, a Teletubbie. "It's closed!" he wailed, in between h ... More >>
This year, we've wrapped our roundup of holiday albums a bit differently. Instead of delivering it to you in one big lump (like coal), we're parceling out the reviews online, with a blog each weekday through December 24 devoted to recordings in a different category. Part three is titled "Jazz to t ... More >>
Homeless for a time, the DBC breathes easy in its new digs.
Making tracks to suburbia.
Coming of age and coming out in the Me Decade.
Think globally, eat locally at Piatti Locali.
A cheeky Christmas tale.
Brian Setzer and the gang ring those sleigh bells
The lights come on as Denver gears up for the holidays.
If you build it, they will come.
Denver's janitors were being swept aside. Now they're winning respect.
Consumers should raise the roof over this legislative session.
Highlighting the week's greatest gratis event
Director John Frankenheimer delivers a belated gift in the form of Reindeer Games.
After a thirty-year open house, NORAD declares Cheyenne Mountain off-limits to tourists.