In a case of "why?" and "how did this even come about?," (editors note: to sell energy drinks) once Phoenix-based indie rockers Miniature Tigers will face Philadelphia legends The Roots in a turn-based, Red Bull-sponsored rock battle November 20 in Scottsdale.
The whole thing is going down at American Junkie, situated in the heart of Scottsdale's nightlife district. The bands will battle it out on stages across N. 75th street and the whole thing will be hosted by Akrobatik featuring DJ Senbad and DJR. Tickets are $10. Event info can be found here.
I'm going to go ahead and put my money on Questlove and Co., even though there will probably be some bullshit Arizona bias towards the Mini T's. This is the same band, might I remind you, that moved to Brooklyn from Arizona to record their latest album Fortress, because they knew there was zero opportunity, living in Phoenix, for them to get a song ("Gold Skull") and the rest of the album produced by Alan Palomo (better known as Neon Indian) and Chris Chu from The Morning Benders, respectively.
Do yourself a favor and get your ass out to American Junkie that Saturday.
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