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SXSW, Villagers – “Becoming a Jackal.”

SXSW, Villagers – “Becoming a Jackal.” (photo)

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Dublin’s Villagers have been making a wee name for themselves in Ireland, opening for the likes of Neil Young and touring Europe with Tracy Chapman. The creation of Conor J. O’Brien, Villagers are one of those revolving players acts, possibly a reaction to the “existential differences” he experienced with his former band, The Immediate. Now it’s just about the songs, ideally anyway.

[Conor J. O’Brien of Villagers. Photo by Richard Gilligan.]

They’re playing their first US show tonight in NYC at the Mercury Lounge and then moving swiftly on to SXSW. A record on Domino titled, “Becoming a Jackal,” is due out in June (or May if you’re in the UK).

Check out this video for the title track, by director Ferry Gouw, who did the crazy Major Lazer Video. I can’t say it’s pleasing to behold, especially if you have been educated about the nightmare that is the pork industry. But I like how the song pulls me back into a kind of Simon and Garfunkel-come-Randy Newman late 60’s mind trip. Wait for that bass guitar, wait for it.

Here’s a list of Villagers shows at SXSW should you find yourself there:

Wed. 3/17:
3 PM – Urban Outfitters in-store (2406 Guadalupe Street)
6:30 PM – Rare magazine party @ The Long Centre, City Terrace (701 W Riverside Dr)
11 pm – Music From Ireland SXSW Showcase @ Friends (208 E 6th St)

Thurs. 3/18
4:45 PM – Bull McCabe’s (714 Red River Street)

Fri. 3/19:
1:30 PM – Music From Ireland Party (with full Irish breakfast) @ B.D. Riley’s (204 East 6th Street)

Sat. 3/20:
1:30 pm – Domino Publishing Company showcase @ French Legation Museum (802 San Marcos St)
3:50 pm – MOJO Bootleg BBQ @ Mean Eyed Cat (1621 West 5th Street)
5:45 pm – showcase @ Café Mundi (1704 East 5th Street)

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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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