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Singer in sound state of mind

Tonight, you can see Ray LaMontagne sing at the Palms. I don't want to sound overly dramatic, but this is like having the chance to see Nick Drake or Cat Stevens in 1973. Critics love LaMontagne. And his songs are so easy on the ears, they get...

Oh, the tales told of Paris in Vegas

Here's the legendary story about Paris Hilton that has circulated the Strip for years. She was in club Tao one night, and she didn't want to wait for a washroom stall, so she did what any of us would do. "She just squatted like a dog, pulled her...

Casting call seeks 300 for nuptials

Well, this is weird. "Bachelorette" winner Jesse Csincsak and his pregnant fiancee, "Bachelorette" Ann Lueders, are getting married Sunday at the pool at hotel Rumor, across the street from the Hard Rock. The weird part is you are invited. The first...

Hate for new 'Madden NFL' game unjustified

I've been surprised to read comments of some discontented gamers online, writing nasty things about the new "Madden NFL '11." I'm not talking about critics; critics love the game. But an incensed minority of gamers complain the offensive line isn't...

Tuneful Tales

Meat Loaf changed some of the lyrics to Bon Jovi's "Elvis in Vegas" when he covered the song, which is the emotional closer for his new album, "Hang Cool, Teddy Bear." Meat Loaf wanted it to be more upbeat. It's a story song about a 15-year-old who...

'Singular' should give thanks to 'Aliens'

Like many shooting games, the vibe of "Singular" owes inspirational gratitude to the movie "Aliens." In "Aliens," Sigourney Weaver travels to a foreign land to engage in a hallway-by-hallway (close-quarters) battle against yucky aliens. In "Singular...

Lady Gaga's mimicry inspires strong reaction

In the two decades between 1989 to 2009, the three worst pop hits, in chronological order, were A) Milli Vanilli's "Blame It On The Rain"; B) Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way"; and C) Lady Gaga's "Poker Face." Musically speaking, those songs blow massive amounts of chunks.

Gay marriage ruling resonates

Since a federal judge struck down California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage, expect everything gay to be suddenly exalted as a celebration. Over at the Rio's club Crown, Sunday's "Roller Boogie Night" is being rebilled from "Gay Skate on 8/8"...

'Idol' chatter says Tyler, J-Lo judges

American Idol" looks like it's in disaster reorganization. Falling ratings and a scramble for new judges mean "Idol" has jumped the shark, or hit the wall, or whichever expression assigns it to pop culture peril. Can Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez...

Rockin' Responsibly

Sammy Hagar is a merchant of hard liquor -- selling his own brand of tequila and running Cabo Wabo Cantinas -- but he is never the troublesome alcoholic in any of his bands. No, the troublesome alcoholic always has been someone else, like Eddie Van...

Casey Affleck sued for sex harassment

According to news reports, a producer who worked in Las Vegas on a movie by Casey Affleck that stars and is based on a year in the life of Joaquin Phoenix is suing Affleck for sexual harassment. Producer Amanda White's $2  million lawsuit alleges...

Teddy a killer in 'Naughty Bear'

This summer's sleeper hit is called "Naughty Bear," a video game in which you portray a cute, stuffed teddy bear named Naughty who kills other cute stuffed animals -- and tortures them until they commit suicide.