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INDIE EAR MADNESS: What was Radiohead Thinking?

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1 Radiohead vs. 2 The Raconteurs
“Steady As She Goes” was the motto for The Raconteurs going into the Regional Semifinals against Radiohead. Besides playing their consistent brand of blues rock, they were hoping that Radiohead, one of the most gifted musical acts of the last 15 years, would veer off their game plan and do something completely out of left field (which the band has been known to do). The Raconteurs stuck with material from their first two albums, Broken Boy Soldiers and Consolers of the Lonely, while Radiohead shelved their well-known hits and decided to play Hail To The Thief, in its entirety, completely underwater (which appeared to be an odd homage to either Yorke’s “Harrowdown Hill” video or the band’s “No Surprises” clip). The Raconteurs advance to the Final Four.

(above: In one of the most bizarre moments of this year’s Indie Ear Madness tournament, Radiohead decided to play an entire set underwater).

1 Vampire Weekend vs. 11 Tim Fite
Tim Fite has captured the hearts of Indie Nation with his superb play in this year’s tournament–upsetting higher seeds MSTRKRFT, Moby, and Gnarls Barkley. No one expected Fite to reach the Great-8 of Indie Ear Madness. Sadly, Fite’s run came to an end today. Early in the set his video projector went out, which is a big part of his live show. Later on in the contest, he broke a string on his guitar, and since he can’t afford to bring a guitar tech out on the road, he played without an E string for the remainder of the show. Vampire Weekend played an impressive set, but many people left wondering what could have been if things had actually gone in Tim Fite’s favor.


1 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks vs.
2 Band of Horses

No tricks up anyone’s sleeve in this one. Both bands decided to go mano y mano–a backyard, free-for-all, indie rock brawl. The crowd was almost brought to tears as Stephen Malkmus and Ben Bridwell exchanged beautifully crafted inide-pop songs. In the end thugh, Band of Horses’ set was a little more cohesive, helping them advance to next week’s Final Four.

4 Justice vs. 7 The Black Keys
What an intriguing match-up this was–on one hand you have Justice, a French duo, who are one of the hottest groups going in dance music today. Then you have The Black Keys, a duo from Ohio, who have wowed audiences with their grimey, gritty, and powerful brand of blues rock. Since both groups determined that it would be nearly impossible for the judges to gauge between their different genres of music, they decided to settle this contest like men–engage in a game of Laser Tag. Apparently, Justice saw a clip of The Black Keys’ latest music video on youtube, and thought they could take out the almighty Dan Auerbach and Patrick Kearney in Laser Tag. Three minutes later, Justice realized they were wrong.



Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.