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Exclusive Premiere: Wintersleep “Nothing Is Anything (Without You)”

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In your life and your line of work, you may not need to know much about Nova Scotia’s exports. But know this: Wintersleep is one of the province’s finest products. The band has been cranking out four album’s worth of exemplary indie rock since forming in 2001 and has even reached that peculiar pinnacle of rock success, an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. “Hello Hum” is Wintersleep’s fifth album, and the follow-up to 2010’s Canadian chart-maker “New Inheritors.” This time around, the band decided to enlist the help of Grammy-winning producer and mixer Dave Fridmann (best known as the man behind the Flaming Lips‘ albums). The results are a mix of fuzzed out songs set to staccato rhythms, soaring stadium block rockers, and stately anthems that frontman Paul Murphy tops with simple, memorable melodies.

The single, “Nothing Is Anything (Without You)” is filled with looping riffs layered atop buzzing beats that slowly builds up before hitting a brooding crescendo that sucks you in. The video, directed by Chris Mills, shows a slightly sillier side of the indie rock band. “This is a bit of a whacky video for us,” Wintersleep’s singer Paul Murphy said. “Chris Mills sent a few different threads of ideas for this ranging from pretty literal vids that presented something more based on the lyrics to some pretty absurdly silly ones. In the end we decided to just have fun with it and went with a bit more of a quirky treatment. All really big fans of animated vids and Chris’s animations particularly.. And i say Silly but this also has something sort of pure and playful raw and innocent about it feel wise. I think that is what connects it to the track.”

Watch Wintersleep “Nothing Is Anything (Without You)”:

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Tour Dates:

October 29 Great Scott Boston, MA
October 30 Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY
November 1 DC9 Washington, DC
November 3 The Pyramid Scheme Grand Rapids, MI
November 4 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
November 5 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN
November 15 Columbia City Theater Seattle, WA
November 16 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
November 18 The New Parish Oakland, CA
November 20 The Echo Los Angeles, CA

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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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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