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Exclusive: Imagine Dragons Tour Interview

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Imagine Dragons are breathing fire with their single “It’s Time,” currently featured in the trailer for the teen coming-of-age film, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (Emma Watson, Paul Rudd). Here we have the band in a behind the scenes tour video at the Viper Room.

“There is always a mix of apprehension and excitement before you try songs out on a new audience,” lead singer Dan Reynolds told us. “That said, L.A., and especially the Viper Room, is a second home for us. So it was great to begin testing songs out with so many familiar faces around. The reaction to the music is the most gratifying experience we have as artists.”

Of course we wanted to know what the Las Vegas band thought about having their music identified with “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” based on the acclaimed novel of the same name too.

“I was definitely very happy and humbled,” Reynolds said. “It’s an incredible novel and the team involved with the film are extremely talented. To be a part of something so special is nothing short of a dream.”

On how he saw his music fitting with the theme Reynolds replied, “The novel and film are extremely honest and show a very vulnerable side of human nature. ‘It’s Time‘ is a song about growing, but at the same time staying true to yourself. I think the film definitely resonates with that theme in many ways.”

“I wrote it just wanting to express myself in an honest way,” he said of the song. “It’s a bit of a vulnerable song for me and to see that so many people are hearing it and relating to, even drawing strength it, is an amazing feeling. I am very humbled to say the least.”

TOUR DATES:

July 5 – Summerfest 2012 – US Cell/WLUMMilwaukee, WI
July 6 – Basilica Block Party – Church StageMinneapolis, MN
July 21 – Firefly Music FestivalDover, DE
July 25 – Paramount StudiosHollywood, CA

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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Xmas Miracles You’ll See At Joe’s Pub

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special Premieres December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It’s just so tempting to bah-humbug the holiday season. And while there’s much we can’t wait to put behind us, one thing left to look forward to with pure and wide-eyed joy is Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celebration in the true spirit of those splendid TV specials from the ’70s and ’80s, complete with special guests, musical numbers, awkward segues and an (intentionally) wafer-thin narrative through line.

As if you need more convincing, here are a few juicy nuggets to get excited for…

Tony Hale plying the captive audience with hot chocolate (and it working).

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Bridget Everett dressed like an ornament…

and in a state of nearly constant wardrobe malfunction.
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Matteo Lane hitting a crazy high note in a Snuggie.

Not a Slanket. There’s a meaningful difference.

Lisa Loeb creeping on Kurt Vile.

#hairlikeapony #whynotme
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Judah Friedlander getting replaced by a robot…

and it pretty much going as expected.
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Bottom line: the miracles abound. Grinches, Scrooges, and Tiny Tims alike will find their Holiday joy. And it’ll be awkward–in the most wonderful kind of way.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10p on IFC

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