Over the Weekend: Monster Commutes, Miniature Tigers, Common and Earth Dance 2008

Earth Dance 2008

Despite a last minute location change, Earth Dance 2008 blasted DJ-spun, raving goodness till early Sunday morning on September 13 and 14.

Read: about Earth Dance 2008.

See: a slideshow of photos from Earth Dance 2008.

Common at the Marquee Theater

Common is about as close to imageless as you can get in the rap game. He’s got the pretty boy thing going, but he’s not LL Cool J or Nelly. He’s known for smart rhymes, but he’s not Talib Kweli. He’s got live instrumentation, but it’s not his defining characteristic, like, say, The Roots. He’s a fashionable guy – appearing in a Gap ad campaign – but he’s no Diddy.

Read: a review of Common's show at The Marquee.

Monster Commute launch party at Red Hot Robot

Phoenix finally got the chance to see its own home-grown Web comic in the form of two beasties on an endless Monster Commute by Daniel M. Davis at the launch party at Red Hot Robot on Saturday, September 14, 2008.

Read: about the Monster Commute launch party.

See: photos from the Monster Commute launch party.

Miniature Tigers at Modified Arts

It’s not often that you get to see a great band from their humble beginnings. But anyone who was at the Modified Arts on Sunday got that chance as local band Miniature Tigers took to the stage, sending wonderful indie rock echoing through the walls of the tiny theater and out into the hot city streets.

Read: a review of the Miniature Tigers show at Modified Arts.

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Jonathan McNamara