Tommy Lee

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    August 19, 2014

    Six Musicians Who Are Way Better Than Their Music

    Do you ever wonder about the positive qualities you may be overlooking in the artists you hate? Probably not. Who has time to dig through the details to find out who's actually pretty cool, but an unfortunate victim of their own terrible art? Well, my friend, we do. That's why we're the profession ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014

    Six punk bands we don't need to talk about anymore

    I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Jon Mendoza, former chef of Uncle, hosting a pop-up at Corner House to benefit Project Angel Heart

    A few weeks ago, when I spoke to Jon Mendoza, he had just been let go from Uncle, Tommy Lee's noodle shop in Highland. But while Mendoza, who was Uncle's chef, vented his frustrations about getting the boot, he also made it very clear that his departure from Uncle would give him the freedom to conce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Jon Mendoza, chef of Uncle, gets booted from the kitchen -- and will focus on pop-ups

    "It was just normal kitchen drama," says Tommy Lee, the owner of Uncle, who fired his longtime chef, Jon Mendoza, earlier today. "I have to do what's best for my team, and there was some tension [between Mendoza] and the staff," he adds. Mendoza, however, who started at Uncle as the sous and was pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    More stirring responses from chefs we interviewed in 2013

    Over the past year, we've asked chefs, cooks and pastry experts across the metro area to spill their secrets in our weekly Chef and Tell feature. Yesterday we shared some of our favorite responses from those fifty interviews; here's a second helping. See also: Stirring responses from some of the ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Colorado cuisine is a culinary rodeo: Libertarian and lawless

    I was back in Denver for three weeks last month, during which I ate what was basically one continuous meal interspersed with brief lulls that occurred when I had to switch venues or go to sleep (which was sort of often, given the food comas and also the drowsiness that comes on after the day-drinkin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Pho and ramen: The differences will bowl you over

    In last week's fantastic ode, former Westword food critic Laura Shunk joined the chorus of raves for Uncle. If you haven't been to this tiny noodle shop in Highland, by all means try it; we named it 2013's Best New Restaurant for a reason. But on nights when you don't feel like waiting for a table ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    With Uncle, Tommy Lee proves he knows how to use the old noodle...and make it new

    The week before I arrived in the Mile High City for a spring vacation, Westword named Uncle the area's Best New Restaurant. That propelled Tommy Le's restaurant straight to the top of my tome-like list of must-visit spots that had opened since I moved away from this town nine months ago. I was curio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Reader: Uncle is plagiarism at its finest!

    "I'm a cook, not a chef, and I really have absolutely no idea what I'm doing," Tommy Lee tells Lori Midson in this week's Chef and Tell interview. But he does it well enough that Uncle, his noodle bar in LoHi, just won our Best New Restaurant award in the Best of Denver 2013. But does he owe that a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Round two with Tommy Lee, exec chef of Uncle

    Tommy Lee Uncle 2215 West 32nd Avenue 303-433-3263 This is part two of my interview with Tommy Lee, exec chef of Uncle; part one of our chat ran yesterday. What do you enjoy most about your craft? Like most cooks, I enjoy the creativity of coming up with new dishes, but the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Tommy Lee, exec chef of Uncle, on yakitori, Yelp and stinky tofu

    Tommy Lee Uncle 2215 West 32nd Avenue 303-433-3263 This is part one of my interview with Tommy Lee, exec chef of Uncle; part two of our chat will run tomorrow. At 4:45 on a Saturday afternoon, a swarm of restless ramen geeks congregates around the door of Uncle, Tommy Lee's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Cream and butter can make food taste better -- but True Food Kitchen doesn't use that trick

    When the Center for Science in the Public Interest handed out its Xtreme Eating Awards last month for the least nutritious dishes in the nation, people yawned. Except PR people, that is -- they went into overdrive. The list was as shocking as ever, but the truth simply doesn't hurt as much when you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Denver's ten best new restaurants

    With new restaurants popping up left and right, Denver's food scene is as exciting as it's ever been. Over 200 restaurants opened in the metro area in 2012, featuring everything from globally inspired cuisine to American classics. In the Best of Denver 2013, we'll unveil our pick for the Best New Re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Cookbooks that first inspired local chefs -- and what they turn to today

    The ramen dishes at Uncle, which I review this week, are so good that it's worth braving the wait to get a seat at Tommy Lee's restaurant in Highland. But Lee's first foray into noodles wasn't Japanese, but Italian. "The first cookbook I got into was Mario Batali's," shares Lee, who says he didn't h ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013
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    February 6, 2013

    Uncle: A taste of this week's review

    Tofu isn't as esoteric as it once was. Even if you're not vegetarian or vegan, you've probably had it a few times -- perhaps with berries in a protein smoothie or cubed and fried in lettuce wraps. But even card-carrying bean-curd fans might overlook the chilled tofu at Uncle, Tommy Lee's noodle shop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Uncle responded to customer feedback before it opened -- that's using the old noodle!

    If somebody asked you what restaurateurs do for a living, you'd probably say "feed people." And you'd be right. Sort of. What they really do is please people, because if people aren't happy, sooner or later they won't show up to be fed. This is why restaurants, new ones in particular, tinker so much ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    The best EDM in Denver this weekend: Pan-Pot, Prefuse 73, Bad Boy Bill, Tommy Lee and more

    Are you ready for this weekend? Are you sure? Because there's a lot on this weekend's Dance Card, from tech-house darlings Pan-Pot to the illustrious and always brilliant Prefuse 73 to the persistent house stylings of Bad Boy Bill. Tommy Lee from Motley Crue, meanwhile, will be drumming up a set at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Uncle and Hogshead Brewery among the duos cooking up pairings for Chef & Brew

    Some cuisines are easier to pair with beers than others. Mom's brisket, for instance, works really well with a big stout, while a platter of garlicky mussels is going to play nicely off a Belgian saison. IPAs work with fried pub fare, like onion rings and fish 'n' chips, while spicy Mexican food is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    A dozen of the best looking members of the KISS Army last night at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre

    See Also: - Ten most clichéd rock moments from the KISS show last night at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre - Ten best KISS quotes - This KISS fan's dream car can be yours for $10K - The five most shameless examples of KISS's merchandising efforts - Hair today, gone tomorrow Speaking as a card-carrying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    Reader: Momofuku doesn't seem to mind getting ripped off...I will try Uncle guilt-free!

    Uncle, chef/owner Tommy Lee's Asian-inspired restaurant in LoHi, hasn't even opened yet -- although it will sometime this week -- and already people are quibbling about how close it is to Bones, which itself was considered a copy of Momofuku when Frank Bonanno opened that restaurant almost four year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Exclusive first look: Uncle opens this week in Lower Highland

    Months ago, when we first reported that a restaurant called Uncle was opening in the Lower Highland neighborhood, we -- and a few of our commenters -- collectively scratched our heads. "I've heard it will be a Asian noodle bar type place, but with a name like Uncle, who knows?" mused one commenter.

  • Calendar

    April 12, 2012
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    December 15, 2011

    Jim Norris Rockbar benefit tonight at 7 p.m.

    ​Tonight, the first in a series of benefits that have been organized for 3 Kings Tavern co-owner Jim Norris takes place at Rockbar. Jeri Theil, who's spearheading the event with the help of Shannon Boyles and Karen Cuda, has given us the full lineup for tonight's benefit (see below) and more i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Punk rock politics, pop culture retromania and more new release picks for July 19, 2011

    ​With the dearth of new releases this week, it seems like the media industries think we should all get out of the house a little in the summer, or they don't like releasing anything new. What they don't know is that it's too damn hot outside, and nobody with any sense really wants to go out th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Top Ten musical jailbirds: In honor of Lil Wayne and T.I. and their respective prison stints

    ​Earlier this morning, Lil Wayne was released from New York's Rikers Island after serving eight months of a one-year sentence for criminal possession of a weapon. Fellow Southern rapper T.I., meanwhile, went back to jail on Monday after a federal judge in Atlanta revoked his probation follow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Wiz Khalifa at the Ogden Theatre - 10/07/10

    ​ WIZ KHALIFA With Yelawolf 10.07.10 | Ogden Theatre Last night at the Ogden Theatre for the Denver leg of the Waken Baken tour, Wiz Khalifa completely set it off. The scene at the beginning of the night was set by throngs of teenage girls in Wiz Khalifa shirts, mixed in with a thick crowd t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    Mile High Makeout: Tricks and Treats

    The author's inspiration. Given all that has happened this week, it’s easy to forget that Halloween was just last Friday. But I haven’t forgotten. Sure, there was some kind of election this week that might just change the face of America, and even the world, but we’re talking about Halloween ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008

    Over the Weekend...Red Orange Yellow, Michael Trundle, Autokinoton and the Swayback @ Bluebird Theater

    Red Orange Yellow, Michael Trundle, Autokinoton and the Swayback Saturday, April 5, 2008 Bluebird Theater The drummer is often the most overlooked member of any rock ensemble. Providing the rhythmic foundation and propulsion for a band’s songs, the drummer is rarely noticed, unless he or she rea ... More >>

  • Music

    August 2, 2007

    This Just In…

    The latest nightlife news.

  • Music

    February 8, 2007

    Rock Star Supernova

    Tuesday, February 13, Budweiser Events Center, Loveland, 1-800-298-4200.

  • Music

    July 20, 2006

    Jack's Back

    Neither cancer nor tour burnout can stop Jack's Mannequin.

  • Music

    June 29, 2006

    Making the Band

    A few matchmaking suggestions for the also-rans.

  • Music

    June 22, 2006

    Pretty Girls Make Saves

    As video games go indie, here's some ideas for a few likely pairings.

  • News

    May 4, 2006

    Peter Knobel, Phone Home

    Interesting developments in a developer's background.

  • Music

    August 4, 2005

    Cre Cuts

    The Mtley men aren't quite bad to the bone.

  • Music

    May 13, 2004


    Tommy Lee

  • Dining

    March 11, 2004

    Bite Me

    Rice Checks

  • Music

    December 18, 2003


    With Drug Under, Chris Romero has found a cure for his Sickness.

  • Culture

    December 11, 2003

    A Fan's Notes

    Ideas that were forgotten but not gone in 2003

  • Music

    December 12, 2002


    Haiku you: The years worst records get poetic justice.

  • Music

    August 29, 2002


    The scariest thing about Ozzfest isnt the music. Its the price bands have to pay just to play in it.

  • Music

    January 25, 2001

    A Family Tree

    Though rooted in some legendary punk and rock bands, Banyan's free-form style extends far into the future.

  • Music

    July 13, 2000


    Mötley Crüe...WOO...still rules, dammit!

  • Calendar

    March 23, 2000

    Coming Soon

    Ron Jeremy's S&M Sideshow

  • Music

    February 3, 2000

    Methods of Mayhem

    Methods of Mayhem

  • Music

    December 17, 1998

    Tommy LeeUncensored!

    The drummer with the big stick bares all about jail, Motley Crue and Pamela Anderson.

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    June 21, 1995
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