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INDIE EAR MADNESS ’09: 2nd Round (Midwest, East)

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The Boss takes on Mr. Lif, The New Pornographers do battle, and Kanye West goes head-to-head against his Viagra buddy:


1 Kanye West vs. 9 88-Keys
They appear together in the music video, “Stay Up! (Viagra),” Kanye was the executive producer of 88-Keys’ album, The Death Of Adam, and–damn–they’re friends. But there’s only one thing more important than friendship to Kanye West, and that is himself. He took no pitty on 88-Keys, unleashed hit-after-hit, and defeated his pal quite soundly.

12 Neko Case vs. 4 A.C. Newman
Whew–what a doozy here! Fans were calling it the battle of The New Pornographers. Over the years, the tension between the two bandmates is no great secret. Without having to worry about band fall out–since Neko Case and A.C. Newman were both performing under their own names–Newman let out years and years of frustration and ran his red-headed (and very temperamental) bandmate right out of the tournament.

6 Atmosphere vs. 3 TV On The Radio
Atmosphere is known to paint shit gold, but they couldn’t do it against TV On The Radio.

(above: Kim, of Matt and Kim, tries her best to take down Lil’ Weezy.)

10 Matt & Kim vs. 2 Lil’ Wayne
Like a lot of indie kids do, Matt and Kim listen to a lot of hip-hop. They even cited it as an influence on their latest album, Grand. Going into a match-up against the much gushed over Lil’ Wayne, you’d think they would feel some pressure–they didn’t. Lil’ Wayne and his vocoder were no match for Matt and his Kim.


1 Bruce Springsteen vs. 9 Mr. Lif
Politically, both acts share similar views, but in the grand scheme of things, Bruce Springsteen’s legacy and still-rockin’-stage-show was just too much for Mr. Lif to overcome.

12 The Bouncing Souls vs. 13 Beirut
Beirut’s Zack Condon, having trouble booking his 19-piece Oaxacan band for a second night in a row, was no match for the Bouncing Souls who stuck to their punk rock basics en route to the Sweet-16.

11 Bat For Lashes vs. 3 Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Natasha Kahn against Karen O–another dazzling display of indie-minded music’s most respected female talent. Too bad Bat For Lashes overlooked the guitar playing prowess of Nick Zinner, who helped lead the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to their second straight tournament victory.

7 Peter Bjorn & John vs. 2 Depeche Mode
Martin & Dave out-dueled Peter Bjorn & John.

Indie Ear Madness ’09 will continue next Thursday, March 26…

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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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