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SXSW: The British Are Coming

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The best four days of the year, aka South by South West (SXSW), will soon be upon us. For an Anglophile like me, SXSW is all about seeing as many bands from the UK and Ireland as possible. I feel it is my duty to tell the world about some of the great bands coming from across the pond.

My #1 must see is Look See Proof, from Hertfordshire, just outside of London. Their songs are fast, catchy, and anthemic. I can already see myself jumping up and down like a maniac at their gig, and I can’t wait. Their official evening showcase is on Saturday, March 15 at 11:00 p.m. at Wave Rooftop (408 E 6th St).

At last year’s SXSW, I missed all of The Wombats‘ gigs because I was busy stalking another band from the UK, The Fratellis. Since then, I’ve really gotten into The Wombats’ music. It’s incredibly fun, catchy, poppy, and upbeat, and they’ve got funny lyrics to boot. If you’re looking for good music and a few laughs, I suggest you catch their show. Their official evening showcase is on Thursday, March 13 at 1:00 a.m. at Maggie Mae’s Rooftop (323 E. 6th St).

I’ve loved Edinburgh’s Aberfeldy ever since I heard their adorable love song, “Love is an Arrow,” in 2004, but have never had the chance to see them live. Their music is really cutesy and twee, so if you’re not into that, I’d steer clear of their shows, but you’ll be missing out on a good time. Plus they’re Scottish, and Scots have the best accents. Their official evening showcase is on Wednesday, March 12 at 11:00 p.m. at Ninety Proof Lounge (333 E. 2nd St).

I saw Dublin’s Delorentos in London a zillion years ago, fell in love, and never heard from them again. Until now. Their music is just lovely. Their slower songs are perfect for warm, lazy days. Their quicker-paced songs have great dance beats underlying the singer’s laidback vocals, so you’ll find yourself tapping your toes and moving your head even though the music is pretty mellow. Their official evening showcase is on Wednesday, March 12 at 12:00 a.m. at Ninety Proof Lounge (333 E. 2nd St).

Finally, I can’t wait to dance, dance, dance when I see The Whip. They’re from Manchester and it’s clear that the city’s music history is ingrained in their sound. Their music is dark, synthy, and easy to dance to. I bet they’ll even be able to get the music industry folk to unfold their arms and move around. Their official evening showcase is on Thursday, March 13 at 12:45 a.m. at Club de Ville (900 Red River St).

For a list of all the bands playing SXSW as well as music samples, links, and more, visit SXSW’s official webpage.

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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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