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

1 R.E.M. vs. 16 Crystal Castles
Wow, R.E.M. playing like late 80’s/early 90’s R.E.M.! Crystal Castles had no chance.

8 MGMT vs. 9 Saul Williams
Saul Williams’ rhyme delivery was perfect from the floor tonight. When Williams is on, he’s very hard to beat.

5 PJ Harvey vs. 12 Xiu Xiu
Many times during this match-up it seemed like Xiu Xiu was just happy to be in the presence of PJ Harvey. No upsets here, Harvey glides through to round two.

4 Justice vs. 13 Eels
E from Eels carried the load, but couldn’t compete with the massive dance hits Justice is churning out these days.

6 Kate Nash vs. 11 French Kicks
Close one. Kate Nash wins in a thriller–no bricks for her tonight.

3 Spoon vs. 14 Cool Kids
A lot of people thought Cool Kids were going to pull off the upset, but Britt Daniel played inspired, looking like Christian Laettner in his prime.


7 The Black Keys vs. 10 Tegan & Sara
The Black Keys’ drummer, Patrick Carney brought three floor toms to this contest. Tegan & Sara didn’t stand a chance–if they decided to start ex-Weezer member Matt Sharp on Moog, they might have.
(left: The Black Keys towel off in the locker room following their win over Tegan & Sara)

2 Mars Volta vs. 15 Jay Reatard
Are you kidding me?! The First Round shocker! Little-known garage-punk-rocker Jay Reatard takes out the #2 seed Mars Volta–who were probably one of the most technically skilled bands in the whole tournament. Mars Volta looked and sounded strong on their more pop-structured songs, but Jay Reatard gained momentum (and the attention of the audience) when Mars Volta began one of their many, and at times unnecessary, 15-minute free-from jazz jam-outs.


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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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