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LIVE: Dizzee Rascal (Pitchfork ’08)

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Amazingly, Dizzee Rascal churned out one of the most crowd-friendly sets of the day–also one of the funniest.

(left: Dizzee Rascal, maybe the only artist at this year’s Pitchfork Festival who will publicly admonish the soundman.)

It’s been a few years since I’ve seen Dizzee perform live, but in those few years he’s grown as both a performer and entertainer. Anyone familiar with his quick-fire rhyme flow knows that he’s spittin’ hundreds of words per minute, and somehow, he never runs out of breath–the kryptonite of many stateside MC’s. He does have a hypeman, Scope, but for the most part Dizzee carries most of the rhymeload on his own.

After the Fleet Foxes had finished their softer set on Stage A, Dizzee began his set on the adjacent Stage C and proclaimed, “Can you stand that folk shit? Fuck that shit!”

Fleet Foxes shouldn’t take offense, Dizzee’s tounge-in-cheek comment was basically saying in so many words, “Yeah, I’m not your typical indie band, but I’m here to do what I do, and I’m going to do it well!” Seconds later Dizzee scolded the soundman, “C’mon, what kind of festival is this? Turn that music up!” Once again, Dizzee being Dizzee.

Later in the set, Dizzee even poked fun at his thick East London accent by explaining, “You may not understand a word I say, but by the end of today you’ll all know my name.” Dizzee plucked the best songs from his catalog (“Jezebel,” “Jus a Rascal,” “Where’s Da G’s,” “Sirens,” “Fix Up Look Sharp”) and throughout his set had the indie-minded crowd tossing their hands in the sky and participating in all of his call and responses.

I can’t tell you how many hip-hop shows I’ve been to lately, where I’ve been told to make noise and wave my hands from side-to-side, but for some reason when Dizzee requested today, I was able to do it without hesitation. Unlike many MC’s, he actually made me believe that he wanted to hear my “oi’s” and see my arms wave in unison with his.

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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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