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INDIE EAR MADNESS ’09: 2nd Round (West, South)

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The big names advance, Dan Auerbach has a one-of-a-kind conflict, and after toppling Coldplay in first round competition, will Thunderheist’s Cinderella run continue?


1 The Killers vs. 9 Cursive
Though they seemed comatose in their pre-concert press conference, The Killers put together an impressive set, narrowly escaping the sounds of Cursive.

(left: Alex Kapranos leads the charge against The Bird and The Bee.)

5 The Bird and The Bee vs. 4 Franz Ferdinand
Even though they were just featured in the most recent issue of SPIN, the duo of The Bird and The Bee were no match for the tight Scottish squad led by Alex Kapranos.

11 The Morning Benders vs. 3 Morrissey
The Morning Benders’ Cinderella run comes to an end. Though he’s twice the age of the eldest Bender, Morrissey can still outperform them, and did just that to advance to the Sweet-16.

10 P.O.S. vs. 2 The Cure
There’s no denying the excellence of P.O.S.’ latest album, Never Better, but better doesn’t cut it against one of the best.


1 U2 vs. 9 Sebastien Grainger
After taking out his former Death From Above 1979 bandmate in the first round, Grainger had little firepower left to outlast the unstoppable U2.

5 The Black Keys vs. 13 Dan Auerbach
The most intriguing match-up of the second round. As posed on the Indie Ear comment section: How is Dan Auerbach going to go up against himself? That was the question on everyone’s mind. Would The Black Keys’ frontman actually play two sets? If he wanted his solo project to advance into the Sweet-16, he could easily give a lackluster Black Keys’ performance. As it turned out, Auerbach sided with his brother crime, Key’s drummer Patrick Carney, and opted not to play a solo set. The Black Keys march on, looking for their second Final Four appearance in as many years.

11 New Found Glory vs. 14 King Kahn
The indie faithful turned out in droves bearing signs that questioned New Found Glory’s
place in the tourney. One read, Not Indie Enough!, while another said, If I wanted to listen to NFG, I’d go to the Warped Tour. NFG had the last laugh though. After it appeared that the victory was all but theirs, Chad Gilbert grabbed the mic–took a page out Denzel Washington’s book–and said, “King Kahn ain’t got shit on me!”

10 The Thermals vs. 15 Thunderheist
Thunderheist wowed the crowd with their big electro-thrash sound–even winning over some of The Thermals’ fanbase–but in the end, the indie-punk trio squeaked through to the Sweet-16.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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