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INDIE EAR MADNESS: 2nd Round (North Region)

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1 Radiohead vs. 9 Anti-Flag
What a match-up! There was a time where it actually looked liked Anti-Flag was going to breeze past Radiohead. During the first half of the competition, Radiohead experimented and tinkered with a lot of their droney, electronic material from Kid A and Amnesiac (there were some songs, that even the most ardent Radiohead fan, couldn’t recognize). Noticing that they were going to get beat by a punk band from Pittsburgh, Thom Yorke and crew began pulling out hit after hit from The Bends and OK Computer. Once the band launched in “Just”, “My Iron Lung”, and “Paranoid Android”, Anti-Flag’s upset run was over.

(above: Radiohead had to rely on their big hits to move past Anti-Flag)

5 The Kills vs. 4 Sons & Daughters
You can’t get much closer than this. Both bands come from the Domino Records Conference. They even shared the stage at this year’s Domino Records showcase at SXSW, with Sons & Daughters playing before The Kills. Many thought that Sons & Daughters would take this as a slight and come out even more inspired to take down The Kills. Near the end, when both bands were noticeably tired, it was The Kills’ drum machine that was the deciding factor, making some big beats late in the contest–The Kills live to see another day.

11 Georgie James vs. 3 The Hives
Georgie James played well, but there’s a reason some people call The Hives, “The World’s Greatest Band.” Just because they don’t receive that much mainstream love anymore in the states, doesn’t mean they’re not a force to be reckoned with.

10 Billy Bragg vs. 2 The Raconteurs
This was a match-up for people who take their music seriously. Billy Bragg, England’s national treasure, against The Raconteurs, a band with both indie-cred and the ability to pummel any mainstream rock act in an arena setting. Billy Bragg was brilliant as always, but Jack White is a PTP’er (Prime Time Player) and convincingly proved that in the Raconteurs’ Second Round victory.


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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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