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The Indie Rock Beard Quiz

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This is the time of the year when hockey players–some superstitious, some just standing in solidarity with their teammates–grow “playoff” beards. Because there is no off-season in indie rock, you’ll see some musicians sporting their “playoff” beards yearlong.

(left: Man Man, with so many good beards to chose from, how do you just pick one?)

In popular music, the beard has gone in and out of style many different times throughout the years. In the 70’s, just about everyone band had a beard. When the 80’s arrived, the beard went out of style, giving way to big hairdos and guys looking like girls (though very few hair-metal bands adopted the bearded-lady look). In the 90’s, facial hair made a comeback, but many musicians either chose to grow a goatee, a soul patch, or the indie-rock fave, a face full of stubble. In the 2000’s beards were once again embraced. In honor of the “playoff” beard, here are my favorite indie-minded rock beards of the last few years. See if you can name them all:

NOTE: Apologies to the bands My Morning Jacket, Kings of Leon, Man Man (above), and Yeasayer. Because you have so many beards in your respective bands, I couldn’t pick a favorite. And before we get to the quiz, this wouldn’t be a proper beard article without shouting out ZZ Top or Kenny Rogers–big ups! (Ad. Note: Iron and Wine’s Samuel Beam also has a beard that could kick many other beard’s asses.)



1. Dan Auerbach, The Black Keys

2. John Davis, Georgie James

3. Adam Yauch, Beastie Boys

4. Carl Newman, The New Pornographers

5. Wayne Coyne, The Flaming Lips

6. Rivers Cuomo, Weezer

7. Ben Gibbard, Death Cab For Cutie

8. Ben Bridwell, Band of Horses

9. Josh Grier, Tapes ‘N Tapes

10. Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters



2. ____

3. ____

4. ____

5. ____

6. ____

7. ____

8. ____

9. ____


ANSWERS: 1-H, 2-C, 3-B, 4-G, 5-J, 6-A, 7-F, 8-D, 9-I, 10-E

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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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