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INDIE EAR MADNESS: Final Four Results

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A little over two weeks ago we started out with the top 64 independent/indie-minded acts in all of music to determine the best band in the land. Following this weekend’s Final Four action, two groups are left standing. They’ll go at it this Monday night (April 7). Follow all the action, right here, on The Independent Ear:

(left: Ben Bridwell leads his Band of Horses into the Finals this Monday night.)

2 The Raconteurs vs. 1 Vampire Weekend
In a sold-out San Antonio Dome, The Raconteurs and Vampire Weekend thrilled the capacity crowd with brilliant and impassioned performances. For every “A-Punk”, “Oxford Comma”, and “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” Vampire Weekend had to offer, The Raconteurs countered with a “Steady As She Goes”, “Consoler of the Lonely”, and “Level” of their own. In the end, the one-two punch of Jack White and Brendan Benson was just too much for the fab-four of Vampire Weekend to handle. When a section of hipsters began complaining that the setting in the San Antonio Dome wasn’t “indie” enough, Jack White marched outside with his acoustic guitar and played a handful of songs for the fans not able to get tickets. This proved to be the deciding factor as The Raconteurs advance to this Monday night’s final game.

2 Band of Horses vs. 7 The Black Keys
The Black Keys surprised everyone by making it this far in the tournament, considering their new album Attack and Release wasn’t even out during the first few rounds of Indie Ear Madness. Band of Horses, on the other hand, have been touring in support of their latest album, Cease to Begin, for a while now. The tightness of Band of Horses definitely showed, but the two-man starting line-up of The Black Keys, managed to stay competitive deep into the second-half. Their undoing though, was trying to match Band of Horses’ melancholic-style. If The Black Keys stuck to their body-bangin’ blues-rock, there’s a good chance they’d be playing against The Raconteurs on Monday night. Band of Horses played to their strengths, choosing not to “rock” it out with The Black Keys, and gallop into the finals.



Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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…