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Exclusive Premiere: Guards “Silver Lining”

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Back in 2010, Guards made a big …well, indie sized splash with their eponymous EP. The New York City trio fronted by singer Richie Follin (the brother of Cults’ Madeline Follin), along with Kaylie Church and Ted Humphrey, make music filled with raw heartache, complicated emotions and a raucous vintage guitar-driven sound. Follin’s calls the sound “pop wave doom,” which is as apt a description as any for the rollicking indie pop built around darkly pontificating lyrics.

In addition to their EP, the band released a slightly 60s inspired pop rock song 7″ on White Iris Records and Follins, who also plays in the band Willowz, put out a solo album based on his uncle’s second world war stories. But when it comes to a band like Guards, the more music the better. At long last, their highly-anticipated full-length debut, “In Guards We Trust,” will be released February 5th on Black Bell Records.

“Silver Lining” is the first single from the trio’s forthcoming full-length debut. It’s a boisterous and driving track that shows Guards doing what it does best: Making raucous rock with a retro edge and undeniable appeal. We are pleased to premiere the video, directed by Kaylie Church.

Watch Guards “Silver Lining”:

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Guards Tour Dates:

October 17 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands†
December 8 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club‡
December 9 Hartfoed, CT Arch Street Tavern‡
December 11 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall‡
December 12 Buffalo, NY Mohawk‡
December 13 Ithaca, NY The Haunt‡

†as part of Stereogum’s CMJ Showcase
‡with Ra Ra Riot

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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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