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INDIE EAR MADNESS ’09:  Final Four (photo)

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TV On The Radio, Franz Ferdinand, The Bouncing Souls, and U2 are the final four musical acts left in this year’s Indie Ear Madness tournament. Find out which two bands will battle it out next week for the National Championship:

3 TV On The Radio vs. 4 Frank Ferdinand
No one goes home a loser–especially the sold-out Ford Field crowd that got to witness this event. No question, Franz Ferdinand played to the crowd better, and let’s be honest, have more accessible hits than TV On The Radio (“Take Me Out,” “This Fire,” and “Do You Want To”). However, the starting five of TVOTR, played with a passion and intensity that doesn’t always translate on their studio efforts. I mean, how do you record Dave Sitek and Tunde Adebimpe flailing their body parts on stage, while masterfully nailing every song in their set-list repertoire?

(above: TV On The Radio had a tough time defending Franz Ferdinand’s mainstream-accessible hits.)

Even without mainstream-friendly hits, TV On The Radio managed to defeat Franz Ferdinand, and did it without receiving any style points (those, obviously, all went to Franz Ferdinand).

12 The Bouncing Souls vs. 1 U2
Though some music reporters have been calling The Bouncing Souls monster killers in this tournament, many fail to realize that The Souls are celebrating their 20th Anniversary as band, and have pretty much toured for their entire existence. To call them a Cinderella team may be a bit inaccurate, although going up against the mighty U2 in the Final Four might just be worthy of a glass slipper or two.

This week while preparing for their match-up, U2 took time to announce that they would be performing two shows at Giants Stadium later this year. Giants Stadium–if you don’t know–is located in Jersey, the home state of The Bouncing Souls. They took this as a personal dig–and the press clippings turned out to be primo bulletin board material. The Souls’ played the set of their lives, buutttt U2 was on top of their game as well.

How do you compete against stadium anthems like: “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Beautiful Day,” and “Pride (In The Name Of Love)”? By inviting the Garden State’s patron saint to perform live with you. After being ousted from the tournament last week by The Bouncing Souls, Bruce Springsteen joined them on stage for a rousing rendition of “True Believers.” If you didn’t believe in the Jersey punk vets before, you do now.


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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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