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Public Enemy at Pitchfork this Friday

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This Friday, July 18 at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago (which I’ll be covering for, seminal political-hip-hop group Public Enemy will be performing It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back in its entirety. This performance is in conjunction with All Tomorrow’s Parties, the London-based promoters that came up with the genius idea a few years ago to have bands perform their landmark albums from start to finish.

Since performances put on by All Tomorrow’s Parties have been mostly an overseas treat, this will be my first chance to witness one live. And because It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back is a hip-hop masterpiece and Public Enemy is one of my favorite musical acts of all time (yes children, years before Flavor Flav became a reality show regular, P.E. was one of the most important musical acts on the planet), I’m very curious as to how everything will play out. Here are some burning questions, which I’m sure will be answered this Friday night:

Will Public Enemy perform with a full band (as they’ve been doing the last handful of years)? If so, will they be able to recreate all the sounds and samples that made ‘It Takes a Nation’ so spectacular?

Or will P.E. just perform old school, with a pair of turntables?

Speaking of turntables, will Terminator X come out of retirement and man the wheels of steel for Public Enemy? The track “Terminator X to the Edge of Panic,” kind of needs him, don’t you think?

Will P.E. perform the various interludes from the album?

During the beginning of “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos” will Flavor Flav stay consistent with the album by saying, “Bass for your face London,” or will we simply shout out Chicago?

Which version of “Bring the Noise” will Public Enemy perform? The version appearing on ‘It Takes a Nation’ or the Anthrax-inspired version that appears on ‘Apocalypse ’91’?

Will P.E. play song after song, or will Flavor Flav be permitted to give extraneous stage banter about his various reality show projects?

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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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