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SXSW, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.

SXSW, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. (photo)

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I discovered Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings in a run down record store in Milwaukee in 2002. I was browsing Electric Prunes or Electric Flag records I can’t recall which, maybe both. Then this music came on that was so thick and good, so real, so Soul! I asked what it was and one of the heads tossed me a 45.

I looked at the Daptone label. The A side, which was playing on the aging sound system, was called “Make It Good To Me.” It made me want to quit the game and just make love for the rest of my days. “They don’t make ’em like this anymore do they?” I said. The place erupted, some laughing, some agreeing, a piece of the ceiling dropped down in the corner. Then this cat in an enormous pair of NASA-issue plastic glasses broke the news. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are a modern band, this was their first record!

I was dumbstruck. Then we all went about booking them for a series of gigs (Milwaukee’s a big funk & soul town), true story. I’ve never seen a finer live band. They will blow you to pieces and look good doing it. Been in love ever since. You can should find such genuine happiness too, dip dap into these gold sounds…

Here’s the title track off of the new album, I Learned the Hard Way set for a release on April 6, 2010 on Daptone records.

“I Learned The Hard Way” – Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.

Dear Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings play SXSW this week then hit the road on a release tour. Here’s the SXSW shows:

Wed Night (3/17) – NPR Showcase at Stubbs
Set Time is 9:45 PM – 45 Minute Set

Thursday Afternoon (3/18) – Billions / Ticketfly Day Party at The Mohawk
Set Time is 2:50 PM – 40 Minute Set

Friday Afternoon (3/19) – Spin Day Party at Stubbs
Set Time is 3:10 PM – 30 Minute Set

Friday Night (3/19) – AOL Showcase at the Austin Music Hall
Set Time is 12:30 AM on 3/20 – Set length TBD

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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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