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Indie Ear Madness
First Round, East Region
March 21, 2008

1 Vampire Weekend vs. 16 My Brightest Diamond
Vampire Weekend’s momentum continues as they roll convincingly over the talented songstress, My Brightest Diamond.

8 Thurston Moors vs. 9 Liars
Though Thurston Moore entered the tournament with an acoustic guitar (rather than his trademark squalls of feedback), but he adapted quickly and taught his young protégés that he’s still the King of Noise Rock even when he’s not making much noise at all.


5 The Raveonettes vs. 12 Strike Anywhere
Maybe The Raveonettes took Strike Anywhere too lightly? Maybe they were too tired after playing 12 shows at this year’s SXSW? Whatever the case, Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo looked sluggish against Strike Anywhere’s fast break style of punk.
(left: Strike Anywhere upset The Raveonettes in Round One of Indie Ear Madness)

4 Nada Surf vs. 13 Battles
Battles showed some promise early in the contest, but Nada Surf was near perfect in its execution of sing-a-long indie-pop.

6 MSTRKRFT vs. 11 Tim Fite
Tim Fite was all over the place tonight, a little country, a bit of punk, a lot of hip-hop. MSTRKRFT didn’t expect him to be so versatile. When they finally figured out how to defend him, it was too late.

3 Moby vs. 14 Man Man
During his pre-game interview, Moby’s sound bites were chock full of self-deprecation. Man Man got a bit overconfident, Moby capitalized, and the self-deprecation continued at Moby’s victory celebration (a party in which he also DJ’d).

7 The Last Shadow Puppets vs. 10 The National
Though still a youngster in this game of indie-rock, The Last Shadow Puppets’ Alex Turner looked like a senior today, helping his new band roll swiftly into the Second Round.

2 Gnarls Barkley vs. 15 Be Your Own Pet
Some would argue that Gnarls Barkley doesn’t even belong in this tournament. Do you they really resemble an indie-minded music act at this point in time? Be Your Own Pet put up a good fight, but couldn’t match the hit-making power of Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse.


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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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