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International Superheroes of Hardcore, Save Us!

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This past Tuesday was actually one of my favorite album release days in a while. Besides getting new offerings from the Roots and Madonna, silly-power-poppers Nerf Herder made their triumphant return, and speaking of comebacks, Portishead released their first album in 11 years. I’m also lovin’ Santogold, but the album that I just can’t stop listening to is International Superheroes of Hardcore’s Takin’ It Ova!.

(left: Rest assured, these are no Superhero Sellouts.)

For those that don’t know, this is the alter-ego band of New Found Glory–a group that was sadly lumped into the power-pop-nice-haircut bands of the early 2000’s. No doubt their music can be classified as power-pop, but I always thought they brought a little something different to the table. It was also no secret that certain members of New Found Glory were big fans of hardcore music (ahem, Chad Gilbert), which was apparent on certain New Found Glory offerings. However, it’s nice to see the band fully embrace their hardcore-punk-rock leanings on Takin’ It Ova!.

If the band name isn’t indication enough, yes, International Superheroes of Hardcore are a tongue-in-cheek hardcore group, but underneath the silliness lies some genius commentary on the current state of music. In “Screamo Gotta Go,” ISHC hilariously pick apart teen emo music, “This is the part where you want the girls to scream like you/ This is the part where you want the guys to think you’re cool.” Considering New Found Glory was dropped from their major label during the emo-boom, you gotta think that some of the anger in the vocals is legitimate.

For anyone who attended hardcore shows in the early 90’s, the track “Madball’s Got Our Back” is sure to make you laugh. Back then, whenever you wanted to talk about the hardest of hardcore music, you would reference Madball, in the same way headbangers would name-drop Slayer.

ISHC also cleverly use the song “Back To The Future” to profess their love for both the movie and the hardcore-punk-rock community, “Back to when it all began, back to when it meant so much more.” Takin’ It Ova! is bread-and-butter hardcore music–no song is longer than two minutes long, most of the tracks feature a quick, guttural intro, and every song has a fist-pumping, everyone-sing-at-once chorus.

For anyone who grew up listening to Gorilla Biscuits or Sick Of It All, this is a fun trip back to that era–a little silly, but a fitting tribute nonetheless.

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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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