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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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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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