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News Heads to Virgin Mobile Fest, All Points West, New American Music Union, and the Seattle Tattoo Expo This Weekend


Our bags seem perpetually packed in August for the height of America’s ever-expanding festival season, but this weekend is probably our busiest of the year: We’re spread out around the country for four different events. Here’s a rundown of what’s going on, and how you can tune in:

VIRGIN MOBILE FESTIVAL coverage: We’re getting a soundboard feed of audio and video, and we’ll be posting about two minutes of awesome video for almost every band on the bill! Plus, we’ll be interviewing loads of bands backstage and posting those video interviews as well. Click here for our Virgin Mobile Festival page.
Who: Saturday: Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Underworld, Wilco, the Offspring, Duffy, Chuck Berry, Bloc Party, many more. Sunday: Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West, Stone Temple Pilots, Bob Dylan, Paramore, Lil’ Wayne, Iggy and the Stooges, Taking Back Sunday, Shudder to Think, many more.
Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland
When: Saturday, Aug. 9 to Sunday, Aug. 10
Tickets: Still available; click here to buy

ALL POINTS WEST coverage: We’ll be posting blog coverage and photos every day of the festival. Click here for our All Points West page.
Who: Friday: Radiohead, Underworld, the New Pornographers, Girl Talk, CSS, Mates of State, many more. Saturday: Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Animal Collective, Metric, the Roots many more. Sunday: Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Cat Power, Secret Machines, Trey Anastasio, many more.
Where: Liberty State Park, New Jersey
When: Friday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 10
Tickets: Still available; click here to buy

NEW AMERICAN MUSIC UNION coverage: SPIN Design Director Devin Pedzwater will be posting video tidbits all weekend in our SPIN Live player.
Who: Friday: The Roots, The Black Keys, NASA, Tiny Masters of Today. Saturday: Bob Dylan, the Raconteurs, Spoon, Gnarls Barkley, Black Mountain, the Duke Spirit.
Where: SouthSide Works, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
When: Friday, Aug. 8 through Saturday, Aug. 9
Tickets: Sold out

SEATTLE TATTOO EXPO coverage: America’s favorite Pearl Jam blogger Zack Newman will be toting his video phone to Seattle, interviewing participants, including Guns’N’Roses/Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan. An afterparty for the expo will feature Flight to Mars, the side project of Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. Click here for Zack’s page.
Who: Performers include Tiger Army, Nashville Pussy, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, Viva Hate, and many more. Featured tattoo artists include Shawn Barber and Jeff Gogue.
Where: Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington
When: Friday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 11
Tickets: Available; click here for info