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Exclusive Premiere: Whispertown “Open The Other Eye”

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While the band may have shortened their name from Whispertown 2000 to just Whispertown, their sound has gotten exponentially more expansive. Morgan Nagler’s group made a name for themselves with a lo-fi indie rock sound filled with summery harmonies and a country bent. While those heartland vibes are still present in Whispertown’s songs, Nagler has started to take the group in a different direction adding a synth pop sound to the group’s repertoire. While the combination of country and electro synth rock sounds like a bad idea, the effect is charming and irresistible.

While Nagler claims that “I ain’t havin’ fun” on the group’s song “The Fall,” it’s hard to believe that’s true when you listen to the tracks on their new record, Parallel. The seven tracks of the album are filled with dark-tinged songs complemented by Nagler’s sweetly raspy voice. The songs have traces of bands like Rilo Kiley, She & Him and Jenny Lewis in the mix, which makes sense as Whispertown has toured with each of them, but under the watchful of eye of Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes) who produced, recorded and mixed the tracks, Whispertown easily finds their own rhythm. This is especially true on the stand out track and lead off single “Open The Other Eye,” which we are happy to premiere the video for below.

Watch the premiere of Whispertown “Open the Other Eye” now:

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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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