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INDIE EAR MADNESS: The Raconteurs Win National Title!

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(left: The Raconteurs’ explosive offense was too much for Band of Horses to handle.)

Two of the finest independent bands in the world faced off last night in the National Championship of Indie Ear Madness. The Raconteurs, who made it here by knocking off Voxtrot, Billy Bragg, The Hives, Radiohead, and Vampire Weekend, faced fellow #2 seed, Band of Horses, who made it to the finals by defeating Islands, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Against Me!, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, and The Black Keys.

Band of Horses’ game plan was to start strong, hoping to catch The Raconteurs off guard. Ben Bridwell broke out the hits early, running the point nicely on “The Funeral,” “The Great Salt Lake,” and “Ode to LRC.” In a move that left the sold out San Antonio Dome jaw-dropped, Band of Horses then brought out former Seattle Supersonics sharp-shooter Detlef Schrempf to sing on their song “Detlef Schrempf.” Though his German accent was thick, and he was a bit pitchy on parts (especially singing the hook, “When eyes can’t look at you any other way”), the former NBA star sounded surprisingly good.


(right: Detlef Schrempf performed surprisingly well on “Detlef Schrempf”)

When The Raconteurs caught wind of the Band of Horses’ cameo, they decided to bring out some guests of their own. Instead of a German basketball player, they brought out Jack White’s fellow cover boys of Rolling Stone Magazine–um–the Rolling Stones!

The Raconteurs played a cover of the Stones’ “Brown Sugar” then launched into a song that seemed to be aimed directly at their opposition, a cover of “Wild Horses.” To make matters worse for Bridwell’s squad, Meg White joined The Raconteurs on stage for a rendition of the White Stripes’ “Conquest”–another confident jab aimed at the Horses’ line-up.

Ben Bridwell seemed both agitated and confused, and began breaking out songs from his former band, Carissa’s Weird. Late in the contest Band of Horses threw up some beautiful renditions of “Islands on the Coast”, “St. Augustine”, and “Our Swords”, but by that time it was too late.

Big Jack, Little Jack, Brendan, and Patrick come from Big-10 country, and they proved it tonight, answering Band of Horses with precision tight performances of “Store Bought Bones” and “Five on the Five”. The Raconteurs celebrated their National Championship by cutting down the nets and encoring with “Steady as She Goes“–with special guest vocals by country legend Loretta Lynn.

Jack White was voted as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.


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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

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Cancel it!

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Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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