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Indie Ear Madness
First Round, West Region
March 20, 2008

1 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks vs. 16 Foals
The veteran presence of Stephen Malkmus and Janet Weiss (a senior transfer from Sleater-Kinney) was a little too much for Foals to handle.

8 Bauhaus vs. 9 The Presidents of the U.S.A.
It took two encores and a double-overtime to decide this one. The breakdown portion of the Presidents’ hit “Peaches” helped eek it out for the Seattle power trio.

5 Rilo Kiley vs. 12 Yeasayer
It’s tough to contend with Rilo Kiley’s All-American Jenny Lewis. Brooklyn’s experimental, Yeasayer, couldn’t stop or contain her.


4 Hot Chip vs. 13 Chris Walla
Chris Walla, solo, was no match for the blue chips known as Hot Chip. Chirs Walla with Death Cab For Cutie though, is a whole different story.
(left: Hot Chip celebrate following their First Round victory over Chris Walla)

6 Against Me! vs. 11 The Gutter Twins
Against Me’s youth and political gems win out against the respected indie vets, The Gutter Twins. In their prime, Mark Lanegan’s Screaming Trees or Greg Dulli’s Afghan Whigs could have very well taken these guys down.

3 Tapes ‘N Tapes vs. 14 Kid Sister
Freshman phenom Kid Sister got creative, but Tapes ‘N Tapes played consistently and pulled away at the end, led by the quick hands of drummer, Jeremy Hanson.

7 The Helio Sequence vs. 10 What Made Milwaukee Famous
A little bit of an upset here, as What Made Milwaukee Famous advances into the second round. The Helio Sequence looked good early on, but when their electronics went out, Ben Weikel and Brandon Summers had trouble recreating some of their album tracks live.

2 Band of Horses vs. 15 Islands
Band of Horses dominated Islands early in this contest. In the second half, seemingly having the match-up won, Band of Horses rested their heavy catalog material and began playing rare B-sides.


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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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