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

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A high-seed indie favorite falls, Kanye coasts, two AC’s do battle, and Karen O is performing like an MVP for the YYY’s:


1 Kanye West vs. 16 Say Hi
Kanye West says bye to Say Hi.

8 Bon Iver vs. 9 88-Keys
Rapper 88-Keys beat Bon Iver in overtime, setting up an intriguing second round match-up with Kanye West, the executive producer of his latest album.

5 Fleet Foxes vs. 12 Neko Case
There were no losers in this one, both acts played beautifully. Neko Case just wanted it more, and as you should know, Neko Case gets her way–advancing in the tournament.

(above: Kanye breezes past Say Hi in the first round.)

4 A.C. Newman vs. AC Slater
Not to be confused with AC Slater of Saved By The Bell fame, DJ/producer/remixer, AC Slater, gave it his all in the battle of the AC’s, but in the end, A.C. Newman’s indie credentials were just too much to handle.

6 Atmosphere vs. 11 Illinois
Minnesotan hip-hop group caused first-round catastrophe to Pennsylvanian band, Illinois. Did you get all that?

3 TV On The Radio vs. 14 Bishop Allen
TV On The Radio wins the battle of Brooklyn.

7 Antony and The Johnsons vs. 10 Matt and Kim
Matt and Kim’s bursting-at-the-seems-feel-good-energy outlasts the talent of Antony and The Johnsons.

2 Lil’ Wayne vs. 15 Beach House
Indie music’s favorite mainstream hip-hopper got confused on the way to the tourney. He thought he was going to be performing at a beach house–not competing against a band named Beach House. He pulled it together in the end and defeated the dreamy-sounding, indie-pop duo.


1 Bruce Springsteen vs. 16 Ty Segall
The Boss admired the stripped-down sound of Ty Segall, but had to dispose of him as any rock legend would.

8 Cold War Kids vs. 9 Mr. Lif
In the closing seconds a group named after the Cold War was no match for an MC who could spit 16 politically fueled bars about the Cold War.

5 The Decemberists vs. 12 The Bouncing Souls
Being a band for 20 years has its advantages. Performing an album just released this week has its disadvantages. The Bouncing Souls’ punk rock attack was more polished than the Decemberists’ sprawling, indie-folk sound, which added up to victory for the Jersey punks.

4 My Bloody Valentine vs. 13 Beirut
Despite reuniting last year, My Bloody Valentine still has some rust to shake off. Beirut took advantage, played a tight set–with horn section and all–and upset the legendary indie vets.

(right: Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Karen O, sending a message to the competition.)
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6 Ladyhawke vs. 11 Bat For Lashes
Both females brought their unique brand of pop to their first round match-up, but Bat For Lashes’ brand wowed the indie crowd a little bit more.

3 Yeah Yeah Yeahs vs. 14 Vetiver
YYY’s breeze by Vetiver. Karen O could not stopped or contained.

7 Peter Bjorn & John vs. 10 Sam Roberts
Both acts put forth excellent sets, but Peter Bjorn & John advance behind the strength of their latest single, “Nothing To Worry About”–which they also used as their rallying cry.

2 Depeche Mode vs. 15 Faunts
Faunts promised to concede defeat if Depeche Mode played them an hour-long set of their favorite songs. Depeche Mode agreed, Faunts got an intimate performance, and everyone went home happy.


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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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