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INDIE EAR MADNESS: 2nd Round (West Region)

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1 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks vs. 9 The Presidents of the U.S.A.
Many critics disagreed with the Indie Ear Selection Committee’s #1 seeding of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks. Sarah Pesin (one of our Indie Ear bloggers) even threw a temper tantrum when #16 seed Foals lost to the Jicks in the First Round (she had Foals going to the Sweet 16). Malkmus and his band took this to heart and played inspired music out on the stage today. The Presidents threw a couple cover songs late into their set, but it wasn’t enough to stop the one-two punch of Malkmus and Janet Weiss.

(left: Stephen Malkmus leads his Jicks into the Sweet 16)

5 Rilo Kiley vs. 4 Hot Chip
Though Hot Chip was the higher seed, many people were expecting Rilo Kiley to easily roll over them–not the case. Hot Chip matched Rilo Kiley ballad for ballad and then pulled out some big-beat dance music to seal the win.


6 Against Me vs. 3 Tapes ‘N Tapes
Against Me seemed like they wanted it more today. Tom Gabel brought out the “Piss and Vinegar”–literally. Besides playing that track from the group’s latest effort, New Wave, Against Me sounded solid on “Up The Cuts”, “American Abroad”, and “Don’t Lose Touch.” Since Tapes ‘N Tapes have been off the road for a while, they looked a tad shell-shocked in their Second Round defeat.

10 What Made Milwaukee Famous vs.
2 Band of Horses

Think of Sub-Pop as the Pac-10 of Indie Ear Madness. Band of Horses (Sub Pop’s Conference Champs) have sounded great in the tournament thus far. Though there was some heckles from What Made Milwaukee Famous’ student section about Band of Horses licensing their track “The Funeral” for a car commercial, Ben Bridwell silenced them all when he sang the song in question. He even seemed to look over at the student section when he sang the words, “And every occasion I’ll be ready for a funeral.” Band of Horses move on.


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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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