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Party the Day Away at SXSW

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You may have noticed an influx of hipsters leaving your town and heading for the nearest airport, because as of this Wednesday, the music portion of the South by Southwest festival begins. For those looking not to spend any money, the free day parties are really where the most fun takes place, and not only are they free, but they often give away food and drinks for the weary music fan.

While, technically, the music portion of the festival starts on Wednesday, these unofficial parties don’t concern themselves with rules and have something for everyone starting this Tuesday.

Here are my choices for the best parties happening each day at SXSW:

BMI Howdy Texas Party
Those Darlins 6:30, Chuck Mead and the Grassy Knoll Boys 7, Elliott Brood Band 7:30, and David Garza 8:00 at Stubb’s BBQ (801 Red River). Not only are there great bands to see, but also there will be a BBQ with side dishes–while supplies last!

The Hype Machine and The Music Slut Party
The Cheek 1:00, These United States 1:30, Thomas Function 2:00, Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band 2:30, Hockey 3:00, Young Love 3:30, Found 4:00, The Proclaimers 4:30, Casiokids 5:00, The Phenomenal Handclap Band 5:30, Pete And The Pirates 6:00, and The Golden Filter 7:00 at Peckerhead’s (402 E. 6th Street). They have a lot of sponsors so there’s sure to be a lot of good swag at this party!

Filter Magazine Party
Starting on Thursday with Zee Avi 12:15, Hockey 1:00, Other Lives 1:45, Great Northern 2:30, Annuals 3:15, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears 4:00, and Idle Warship 5:00 and continuing through Saturday at the Cedar Street Courtyard (208 W. 4th Street)

+1 House Party
Let’s Wrestle 12:15, Eulogies 1:00, Trainwreck Riders (Acoustic) 1:45, Kenan Bell 2:15, The Postelles 3:00, The Morning Benders 3:45, and Illinois 4:30 at Hank Sinatra’s Farm (2407 Riverside Farms Road). No badges or RSVP required with complimentary drinks and food!

Moshi Moshi vs. Anorak London Party
Casiokids 1:00, Slow Club 1:45, Crystal Antlers 2:30, Still Flyin’ 3:15, Lissy Trullie 4:00, and Solid Gold 4:45 at Lambert’s (401 W. 2nd Street).

So, in these penny-pinching times it’s nice to have fun on someone else’s dime!

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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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