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INDIE EAR MADNESS ’09: First Round (West, South)

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With this year’s Indie Ear Madness beginning on the same week as SXSW, how would bands–some performing both major events–hold up? Find out now:


1 The Killers vs. 16 Julie Doiron
No upsets here, but if you get a chance listen to Doiron’s just-released, I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day.

8 N.A.S.A. vs. 9 Cursive
Never underestimate the power of a live band. Cursive win, the two DJ’s lose.

5 The Ting Tings vs. 12 The Bird and The Bee
Duo against duo brings our first upset of the day. The Bird and The Bee were crisper than the Ting and the Ting.

(above: With an out-of-this-world performance, Cursive defeat N.A.S.A. in the first round of Indie Ear Madness ’09.)

4 Franz Ferdinand vs. 13 Glasvegas
The battle of Scotland reminds us that Franz Ferdinand is still king of the country.

6 M. Ward vs. 11 The Morning Benders
The Morning Benders played an inspired set of indie-pop, upsetting M. Ward.

3 Morrissey vs. 14 Murs
In the battle of Moz against Murs (sounds like a monster movie), the indie vet just squeaks by the outspoken MC.

7 Andrew Bird vs. 10 P.O.S.
Never doubt the power of underground hip-hop. P.O.S. busts the bracket of the Birdman’s fans.

2 The Cure vs. 15 Cut Off Your Hands
Cut Off Your Hands may sound like The Cure at times (and their band name even sounds like it could be a Cure song), but they were no match for the #2 seed, led by frontman Robert Smith.


1 U2 vs. 16 MC Lars
Only Bono and The Edge showed up, just played songs off Zooropa, and still managed to win convincingly.

8 MSTRKRFT vs. 9 Sebastien Grainger
Former bandmates from Death From Above 1979 going at it–maybe the most intriguing match-up of the first round. Would Jesse Keeler’s deep grooves outdo the songwriting of Grainger? Having trouble booking some of the artists that appeared on their new album, Fist Of God, MSTRKRFT could not pull it together in time, as Sebastien Grainger–who’s been touring strong for the last several months–won in a thriller.

5 The Black Keys vs. 12 The Hush Sound
Even with Dan Auerbach doing his solo thing, The Black Keys put together an impressive set to take out The Hush Sound–whose fans made just that.

4 Lily Allen vs. 13 Dan Auerbach
Not a surprise here–Lily Allen thought she was too good to compete in Indie Ear Madness and didn’t even bother showing up. Auerbach advances to the second round.

6 The Pains Of Being Pure Of Heart vs. 11 New Found Glory
One of indie-pop’s favorite new acts against a band that many indie purists don’t even think belong in this tournament. New Found Glory, playing their brand of pop-polished-punk–with the same line-up that’s been tearing up small clubs for years–showed that there is no pain in being pure of heart, advancing to the second round.

3 Animal Collective vs. 14 King Kahn
By the looks of him, you’d never think King Kahn would be able to front a band capable of taking out indie fav, Animal Collective. Well, when he opened his mouth, that was another story. King Kahn, backed by The Shrines, channeled his inner James Brown and knocked Animal Collective right out of the tournament.

7 Late Of The Pier vs. 10 The Thermals
Late Of The Pier had some problems with the logistics of their SXSW schedule, and by the time they showed up, The Thermals had already won.

2 Coldplay vs. 15 Thunderheist
Maybe too busy counting their Grammy Awards or sewing colorful stripes on their band uniforms, Coldplay underestimated the power of Thunderheist. Led by the electro-thrash MC, Isis, Thunderheist shocked the world with the biggest upset of Indie Ear Madness ’09 so far.

(above: Isis of Thunderheist helps to upset Coldplay in the first round.)


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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

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Cancel it!

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Forgotten America

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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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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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