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My Day With The Kooks

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It’s always good fun when four incredibly skinny, pasty white, adorable British boys come across the pond to serenade you (well, technically not you, but 3000+ fans) with tunes from their incredibly successful sophomore album, Konk, along with all the hits off their debut album.

What’s even more fun is when you get to see The Kooks show off their vocal and musical capabilities a few hours before their second sold out Terminal 5 show on the rooftop of the EMI building. Yes, it was hot up there and they only played four songs but there was free lunner (lunch + dinner) and hearing The Kooks acoustic is always a great treat. There is no denying The Kooks talent, hence their overwhelming success, but when Luke Pritchard and Hugh Harris took to the makeshift stage on the rooftop and acoustically belted out “Naïve”, “Ooh La”, “Always Where I Need to Be” and “Tick of Time” it was all the more apparent how gifted this young band actually is. While this was an incredibly fun event, it was “industry only” so both the audience and band were more subdued than usual. After the band ended their “set” and the night was cooling off it was high time to book it uptown in order to catch the openers.

Sadly the rooftop BBQ made it impossible to catch first opener Nat Jenkins, which is unfortunate as he makes such good rockabilly music that you’re positive he’s from the south instead of his native London.

Minutes after walking through Terminal 5’s doors, the ever adorable Morning Benders took the stage to a very accepting audience of teenage boys and girls. Hailing from Berkley California, the quartet delivered perfectly crafted pop gems to the ever attentive audience, who became fast fans of the equally young band whom they were watching. The Morning Benders are doing incredibly well for themselves and if the Terminal 5 shows are any indication, they’ve got a long future ahead of themselves.

After not too long of a wait and a crowd sing along to the Arctic Monkeys’ “When The Sun Goes Down”, The Kooks took the stage to an adoring crowd who even let Luke’s unfortunate shiny gold headband slide. As Terminal 5 normally draws a younger crowd, there were no egos on the band or audiences’ part, and the main goal of the night was to have fun. The band treated the audience to all the “classics” (I don’t really think songs off their debut Inside In/Inside Out can be called classics just yet) and actually kept the tracks from Konk to a minimum. Even a Kinks cover made an appearance, which went over way better than the headband, if you ask me. After an hour and a half set and a mild attempt at crowd surfing, The Kooks concluded their set, much to the dismay of their adoring fans.

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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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