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A Random Weekend in Pittsburgh

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Since the rise and fall of the Rolling Rock Town Fair (which in retrospect was a little ahead of its time), my hometown of Pittsburgh hasn’t had much to celebrate when it comes to throwing summer music festivals. This year, however, Pittsburgh snagged one. Though the specifics are a little confusing, I must say, I’m very intrigued.

The New American Music Union Festival is taking place at the South Side Works (a newly renovated outdoor lifestyle plaza) in Pittsburgh, PA. For anyone who has ever visited Pittsburgh’s South Side, you should know that that’s the place to be on a Pittsburgh weekend (lots of good bars and clubs). Good planning so far.

Here’s where it gets a bit odd though. The concert–having a unique battle of the bands competition between 15 unsigned indie acts–is being sponsored by American Eagle Outfitters (a company that most people don’t associate with “indie” music).

It gets even more random.

(above: Anthony Kiedis, will he be in Pittsburgh this weekend too?)

The line-up for this weekend’s event was assembled by the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis. Some press releases have even said that Kiedes will be on hand to host the festivities. The festival is also giving out free t-shirts for each ticket purchase, kind of ironic, considering its curator is known for rarely wearing one at all.

Like many of the higher-profile music festivals this year, The New American Music Union has tapped some of the bigger names touring the summer circuit: Bob Dylan, The Raconteurs, Gnarls Barkley, The Roots, Spoon, and The Black Keys.

Since I was going home anyway, I’m planning on stopping by the festival this Friday night. In a weekend plagued with randomness, I won’t be able to attend the second day of the festival because I’m competing in a golf/fishing/corn-hole triathlon.

Make sure you check back here this weekend for a Day #1 recap of the New American Music Union Festival.

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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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