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IT’S LIKE THAT: Highlights For Your Music

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If anyone has read the Indie Ear blog since it’s inception, you should know that I have a not-so-secret obsession with sports.

C’mon, pairing indie bands against each other in a NCAA-style tournament didn’t give it away? How about when I sketched out drawings of my favorite indie artists posing as 2008 Summer Olympians?

(above: Music and sports have more in common than you think.)

Though a high school band geek getting bullied by a varsity football player on a daily basis might disagree, music and sports have a lot in common. Both have the ability to inspire, make us root for an underdog, or give us a good reason to cry. Music, like sports, can also bring out the best and worst in us (both have a rich history of triumphs and tragedies, bloated egos and fist fights, and heart-warming affairs of humanitarianism and love).

Up until the advent of online video though, sports was different than music, because following any athletic event you could go home and re-live the (good or bad) highlights on TV. So accustomed to turning on highlights after I attended a sports event, sometimes I would come home from a concert and turn on my TV hoping for some type of recap package. Oh wait a minute, this is music not sports–damn it.

Then came YouTube.

Fans armed with cell phone cameras, camera cameras, and actual video cameras began taping footage of concerts they attended. Upon arriving home, they uploaded it to YouTube, and presto, the rest of the known world can see how The Morning Benders performed last night in San Francisco. Want to know what songs the Black Keys played in Texas yesterday? No problem, a quick little YouTube search will take you to the front row of their show.

Is the footage always great? No. How ’bout the sound? Nope. But like a live athletic event, being at a concert is a totally different experience than watching video snippets on television. But when all you want is a taste, highlights will do.

Because I couldn’t attend any of Weezer’s east coast concert dates on their current tour, I’ve been attending their shows vicariously through YouTube. If I can’t be there, at least I can see what it was like to be there. I’ve also been keeping daily tabs on the Beastie Boys Get Out And Vote tour. In the past couple of days I’ve already seen highlights from their shows in Charlotte, Richmond, and Youngstown. It’s like Sports Center, except with less sports and more Beastie.

Speaking of not-so-secret obsessions…

(above: The Beastie Boys performing “So What’cha Want?” on the Get Out And Vote tour in Richmond, VA.)

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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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