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Nirvana to Play Coachella With Rivers Cuomo?

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In what was supposed to be the “best kept music secret of 2008,” an official press release leaked earlier this morning, reporting that Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo would join Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic for a Nirvana reunion at this month’s Coachella Music Festival (Indio, CA), as well as a headlining slot at this summer’s annual Lollapalooza Music Festival (Chicago, IL).

(left to right: Cuomo, Novoselic, and Grohl will play as Nirvana at this year’s Coachella and Lollapalooza)

For anyone familiar with Weezer’s enigmatic frontman, it is widely known that Cuomo cites Kurt Cobain as being one of his major song writing inspirations. Besides various live-bootlegs of Weezer performing Nirvana cover songs, Cuomo also changed the lyrics of an early Weezer tune, as to not disrespect the late Cobain. In the song “Susanne” (written about the band’s A&R assistant) Cuomo originally penned the lyrics, “Even Kurt Cobain and Axl Rose/When I call you put ’em all on hold.” After the shocking news of Cobain’s death (1994), Cuomo changed the lyrics to, “Even Izzy, Slash, and Axl Rose…”

Apparently the idea of resurrecting Nirvana came about when Cuomo and Grohl joked about it backstage, during the 2005 Foo Fighters/Weezer Tour. Last summer, Cuomo, Grohl, and Novoselic met at a practice space in Seattle, WA, and began going through the Nirvana catalog (hits, rarities, and b-sides alike). The sessions went so well, the three decided to debut the latest incarnation of Nirvana at 2008’s Coachella Music Festival (with the stipulation that the promoters keep it a “secret”).

The placement of Cuomo as the frontman of Nirvana seems to be a fitting tribute–not only is he a devote admirer of Cobain, but he also possesses the talent of screaming on tune, is quite familiar with the band’s material, and graduated from the school of early 90’s alternative rock (and of course, we all know who the valedictorian of that prestigious class was).

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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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