Weekly Roundup | Super Late Edition

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The Octopus Project @ Bottom of the Hill

The Octopus Project ala iPhone | Photo © Justin Ward

Holy cow. I swore to myself that more posts would be up on this here blog today, but the rather spiraly turn of events that would otherwise be referred to as “my day” got a bit out of hand and I’m just now settling down from it all. I don’t even really know what that means either.

SO YEAH, it’s time to round up the week and re-post the headlines from what we got posted on the site last week, all while I build a solid round of anticipation for a couple cool things I plan on getting posted over the next couple days. First, we’ve got Paul’s coverage from All Points West finally wrapped up and settled, and his photos look absolutely incredible. Second, yet another round of tour dates are flooding our inbox and we plan on dropping a couple posts highlighting our favorites. And finally, I’ll be putting up some reviews from the shows I saw this weekend (The Octopus Project and Benevento/Russo Duo). Oh yeah, Outside Lands starts this Friday, too. Man it’s a good time to be alive…

Lots more coming from us this week, so read on for the headlines and check back in early tomorrow (today) for some more updates from the crew. Holla.

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  • Yeasayer | 2008 Tour Dates
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  • Mike Gordon @ State Theatre, Falls Church, VA 8/12/08
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  • Tour Dates Roundup
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  • Made Out of Babies, Plague Bringer, PIGS @ Empty Bottle, Chicago 8/10/2008
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  • Phish Friday | R&R on Anniversary Day
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