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    October 10, 2014

    The Trio of Brothers of AKNU Went From the Shelters of L.A. to The X Factor

    AKNU (pronounced "anew" and an acronym for A Kind Never Understodo) is a Los Angeles-based pop and R&B trio of the brothers Scott -- Marquis, Mark and Rayne. Together since 2008, AKNU came out of the early experiences of Marquis and Rayne who, as preteen youths, performed and toured professionally a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    X Factor wowed by Jeff Brinkman, a 36-year-old doggy daycare owner from Longmont

    At his X-Factor audition at the Denver Coliseum earlier this year, which was finally shown this past Thursday on the show's premiere, Jeff Brinkman took Kelly Rowland's breath away before he even sang a note. Rowland gasped noticeably as the shaggy-haired, 36-year-old singer (and T.J. Miller lookali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Illuminating facts about X-Factor's recent visit to Denver: Simon Cowell ate bull's balls

    The X-Factor recently held open auditions in Denver. One of my neighbors tried out, and he did okay, I guess, good enough to make it to the third round. Everything was going swimmingly, his sister told me, until he started singing, apparently. Nerves got the best of him when he finally got in front ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    Is it time to quit dismissing the taste of teenage girls and start appreciating Justin Bieber?

    By Brittany Spanos At what point did teen girls suddenly just become wrong? "Serious" music fans seem to have universally accepted a critique of quality that befalls any artist who willingly sells to the rabid teen girl market and stigmatized the fans who dare to sometimes be male or at least above ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2012
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    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 16, 2012

    Watch: Tupac hologram at Coachella -- you've seen the footage. Here's how it was done

    By now you've seen Tupac's performance with Snoop Dogg last night at Coachella. The legendary rapper was brought back to life by Dr. Dre's production company in collaboration with Digital Domain, James Cameron's digital production company, and AV Concepts, a company based in Tempe, Arizona, using a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    One Direction sues One Direction over the name "One Direction" ...confused yet?

    See Also: • One Direction at the Pepsi Center 7/24/13 • One Direction proves skeptics wrong on SNL • Boy-band resurgence: One Direction trys to fill the void Justin Timberlake left Some say you haven't tasted success until you are sued. If that's true, then it's official: One Direction is qu ... More >>

  • 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 20, 2012

    American Idol in Pittsburgh: Judges still too soft

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    American Idol is back, with a new host of hopefuls

    If the hat Steven Tyler wore during last night's premiere of American Idol is anything to go by, it's going to be an interesting season.​Nearly eight months since Scotty McCreery became America's latest Idol in May 2011, it's good to have the cast of American Idol 2.0 back in action. To wit, R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Ten pop music moments that defined 2011

    With major comebacks and massive hits, 2011 was the year of the women, from Beyoncé 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Nicole Scherzinger's debut album delayed again, plus a breakdown of this week's charts

    Despite being a judge on the American version of X Factor, Nicole Scherzinger has had a rough go in the music industry ever since leaving the Pussycat Dolls. This week, word came down that the release date for her debut album Killer Love, originally slated for November 15, has been pushed back to so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Ted Haggard on Celebrity Wife Swap: What five reality shows will he sign up with next?

    Ted Haggard.​Disgraced pastor turned media whore Ted Haggard has agreed to appear on Celebrity Wife Swap -- and will trade significant others with Gary Busey. And no, this isn't a post from The Onion. Having failed with his own reality-show attempt, Hag's apparently now open to all comers, as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Round two with Doug Anderson, head baker at Hi*Rise

    Lori Midson​ Doug Anderson Hi*Rise 2162 Larimer Street 303-296-3656 This is part two of my interview with Doug Anderson, owner and chief baker of Hi*Rise. Part one of my chat with Anderson ran in this space yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: I'm totally unqualifi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Round two with Doug Anderson, head baker at Hi*Rise

    Lori Midson​ Doug Anderson Hi*Rise 2162 Larimer Street 303-296-3656 This is part two of my interview with Doug Anderson, owner and chief baker of Hi*Rise. Part one of my chat with Anderson ran in this space yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: I'm totally unqualif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    The five types of people you can spot running at Wash Park

    ​I like to go running. There, I'll admit it. I'm not what you would call a running junkie, but boy needs his cardio every once in a while. My favorite place to run? Wash Park. Because of all the eye candy. That's right, my eyes like to wander. That's not to say that I like to creepily check pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Photos: X Factor auditions at Colorado Mills

    Hunter Stevens Since Saturday, 300 people recorded audition tapes. "We haven't really advertised anything, said Houtz, this is crazy!"​If you happened to be walking in the Colorado Mills Mall in Lakewood this weekend, you may have noticed a curious little booth that was brightly lit and featur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Five better things for JLo to cry about than American Idol

    ​JLo couldn't handle the dream crushing on last week's American Idol. Apparently, she was under the impression that this show consisted of judges telling people how inspiring their life stories are. She shed some tears and questioned her future on the show, but despite the manufactured drama, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Ten pop music paradigm shifts in 2010

    ​Teen dream Justin Bieber is arguably the biggest pop star in the country and Simon Cowell isn't doing American Idol. A lot's changed since last year in the world of pop. Institutions fell, ideas were challenged, and the Black Eyed Peas didn't have the number one song in the country at any poi ... More >>

  • Music

    July 15, 2010

    Adam Lambert

    Saturday, July 17, Paramount Theatre, 303-623-0106.

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary for One Book, One Denver

    ​For a city that embraces reading, Denver has never really embraced the One Book, One Denver program -- not even after last year's votingpalooza for the fifth edition, tied to a secret National Endowment for the Arts grant from the Big Read program, which resulted in the pick of To Kill a Moc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    American Idol: Lilly Scott takes on Patsy Cline and helps keep things interesting. Is she too interesting or just interesting enough? We'll see.

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    American Idol: Lilly Scott and Haeley Vaughn move on to round two

    America finally got a look at Ms. Lilly Scott last night on Idol. She got the nod from Simon Cowell and company to move forward to the next round of cuts after wowing them with a sterling rendition of "Lullaby of Birdland," a tune made famous by Ella Fitzgerald. If you ask us, Lilly did Ella justice ... 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

    Bikini Boy speaks!: Ty Hemmerling on his revealing American Idol performance

    Ty Hemmerling ties one on.​Last night's American Idol episode focusing on the show's Denver auditions introduced America to Fort Collins' Haeley Vaughn, who's clearly Colorado's great Idol hope. But arguably the most memorable moment came courtesy of Ty Hemmerling, dubbed "Bikini Boy" by judg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Top Five Candidates to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol

    ​So by now you've heard that legendary curmudgeon Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol after this season. Good for him. Probably a few years too late if he were hoping to jump ship before the franchise jumped the shark, but whatever. Anyhow, his absence will all but drain Idol's talent pool ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Record stores placed on endangered species list

    "It's not my fault, I'm just a symptom"​Susan Boyle is the top seller at not one, but two independent record stores this week. Let that sink in for a moment. Susan fucking Boyle. No offense to Ms. Boyle; I'm sure she's a lovely person. But she's a middle-aged woman who got famous singing fuck ... 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

    Another spot of genius from PETA

    Q: What's the highest rated television show in the history of everything? A: American Idol. Q: And who is the most high-profile judge on American Idol? A: Simon Cowell. That's right.  And if there's one organization in the world that knows how to exploit celebrity (even if it happen ... 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

    June 16, 2009

    Denver appears on Australian Idol -- sort of

    Denver the Dinosaur rocks Australian Idol. Coloradans such as Boulder's Ace Young have had a modicum of success on American Idol. And now, a contestant on Australian Idol, the down-under variation on the TV singing-contest phenomenon, has raised Denver's profile internationally, more or less. In th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2008

    Beyond Playlist: Leona Lewis and More

    Leona Lewis Spirit (J Records) Leona Lewis has quickly developed a huge gay following, and no wonder. She resembles a particularly gorgeous cross-dresser – a fact that’s no doubt made marketing to both the male and female gay demographic a helluva lot easier. How does any of that relate to her ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    October 19, 2006
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    May 23, 2006

    Idol Speculation

    Our long national nightmare is almost over... Tonight's penultimate episode of American Idol means that millions of people who love high phone bills will finally be able to vote for their favorite among the ultra-popular Fox talent show's finalists. There's no telling whether Taylor Hicks and Kathe ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 13, 2006

    Hit Parade

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

  • News

    March 2, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of March 2, 2006

  • Music

    February 23, 2006

    Il Divo

    Ancora (Columbia/Syco Music)

  • Music

    January 26, 2006

    New Sensation

    INXS turns Fortune hunting into reality TV.

  • Music

    December 15, 2005

    Yule's Tide

    Searching for gems in the flood of seasonal discs.

  • Music

    January 27, 2005

    The Beatdown

    In which yours truly auditions for Gimme the Mike.

  • News

    July 15, 2004

    The Message

    Saint John

  • News

    April 29, 2004

    The Importance of Being Holly

    Meet Holly Kylberg, the boldest of Denver's boldfaced names.

  • Music

    February 19, 2004

    The Beatdown

    A brokenhearted savior revs up Monsters Inc. at Hermans for old times sake.

  • Music

    February 6, 2003


    Start me up: The Stones came to town and everyone knew it.