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Exclusive premiere: Wild Cub “Jonti”

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If summer is all about shaking off seclusion for endless poolside possibilities, Daisy Dukes and the wind in your hair, then Wild Cub’s “Jonti” captures it with the clarity reminiscent of those quiet moments when you’re alone at night driving with your window down, listening to a song that suddenly seems written just for you. It’s also got this irresistible, faintly “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” thing going on during the chorus, as singer/songwriter Keegan DeWitt professes, “I see it now, it’s brighter when the lights are out.”

The video directed by Chad Hartigan with photos by Anna Ottum, was shot (in NY, LA & Portland) with a Lomokino camera from over 3000 individual cropped frames. DeWitt is also a film composer, who scored last year’s “Cold Weather” that premiered at SXSW and happens to be currently scoring a film for Hartigan called “This Is Martin Bonner” (starring Richmond Arquette, whom you may not immediately recognize, but is in almost every David Fincher movie ever made).

This Nashville group’s core is DeWitt and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bullock, both of whom have been around a while, even touring together previously under DeWitt’s name. Their debut album as Wild Cub, called “Youth,” releases today via Big Light Recordings.

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Upcoming Tour Dates:

TUE 14 AUGUST – Pianos New York, NY, US
FRI 24 AUGUST – Unknown venue Florence, AL, US
SAT 25 AUGUST – High Watt Nashville, TN, US
MON 10 SEPTEMBER – The Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN, US
SAT 6 OCTOBER/SUN 7 OCTOBER – Soundland 2012 Nashville, TN, US
THU 18 OCTOBER – Arlene’s Grocery New York, NY, US

 

Do you see it now? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

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Car Notes

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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Ho Ho Ha

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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