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Never Too Early For SXSW

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As the New Year sets in and winter continues to rear its ugly head, the only way to get through these dark months is to look towards the future of spring, sunshine, and more importantly, South by Southwest. The wheels are already set in motion for this year’s festival and the first crop of bands playing has just been announced. While the festival is still over two months away, there’s no point in not getting a head start on who is worth seeing.

(left: Two months and counting.)

Of course, my list is extremely biased. Of the over one hundred and fifty acts announced, I only previewed the British bands and most female artists were ignored. If you’d like to view the acts I knowingly overlooked, a complete list can be found here.

But for now, here are my suggestions:

Cashier No.9: Hailing from Belfast, the scariest part of the UK I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting, Cashier No. 9 remind me of BRMC when they went in a more southern direction.

Dananananaykroyd: Probably the hardest “word” to spell this side of banana. How many “an’s” are there? This six piece from Glasgow have both male and female vocals with a mellower At the Drive In feel to their songs.

Ebony Bones!: Okay, normally this type of music would not be on my “must see” list, but there’s something inherently fun about Ebony Bones! and their desire to be out there.

My Federation: Completely infectious and dancey with vocals reminiscent of The Features. One listen to “What Gods Are These” and you’ll be hooked.

Nacional: They wear their influences right on their sleeves, which is okay by me when Joy Division is the most apparent one. While both the music and vocals are similar to those of Joy Division, Nacional are a lot more upbeat!

The Courteeners: They’re one of the few bands to successfully merge dark vocals with dance highlights throughout their songs. Because they’re opening for Morrissey during his small club tour, their time at SXSW will be cut short so make sure to catch this band while they’re still in Texas.

Toy Horses: The only Welsh band to make the list, Toy Horses are adorable (much like toy horses) and make incredibly pretty, melodic music. Their music will be lovely on a hot Texas day!

White Lies: All I have to say is The Bravery + The Cinematics. I am very much looking forward to this dance party.

It looks like 2009’s South by Southwest is already a force to be reckoned with. Let the countdown ’til March begin!

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Rev Up

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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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