The Flaming Lips, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Salsa and Hotties Over the Weekend

The Flaming Lips Dazzle at McDowell Mountain Music Festival 

Major labels get a lot of flack. Whether it's because they supposedly put out nothing but overly-commercialized crap, or because they're suing computer-using kids in a vain effort to salvage their busted business model, it's rare to hear anyone say anything nice about the Big Four. That's why Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne snagged my attention Saturday night when he made offhanded mention of his band's nearly two decades with Warner Brothers during his band's show at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival. Say what you want about the majors, but try to think of another band that's been allowed to take on as many insane, experimental and un-commercial projects as the Lips for anywhere near as long...full story

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Hotties and Hippies at McDowell Mountain Music Festival 

We love music festivals. We dig the crazy dudes playing with devil sticks and ribbon-twirling girls getting lost in the jam. Fortunately there was no shortage of either of them at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival...see photos

X-Men Origins: Wolverine - The Quest For Free Tickets to the World Premiere
Last nigt more than 700 Wolverine fans descended on Harkins Theater at Tempe Marketplace with folding chairs, portable DVD players and coolers full of caffeine-based sustenance to wait it out for tickets to the X-Men Origins: Wolverine premiere on Monday, April 27. As advertised on their web site since earlier this week, Harkins Theaters planned to give away only 250 pairs of tickets to the premiere, but that didn't stop several hundred from waiting in line...full story

See: Waiting in line for Wolverine in photos

My Nana's Salsa Challenge 2009 at Tempe Beach Park 

If you're one of those people who look forward to the complementary chips and salsa at sit-down Mexican restaurants more than the actual meal, you were probably at (or are kicking yourself for missing) My Nana's Tempe Salsa Challenge and benefit for the Arizona Hemophilia Association at Tempe Beach Park this weekend...full story

See: My Nana's Salsa Challenge in photos

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Jonathan McNamara