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The Black Keys tough new album, Brothers.

The Black Keys tough new album, Brothers. (photo)

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Start with a thick layer of bass. Drop in a pound of fatback drums, beat with a cup of guitar and an ounce of filthy keys. Sprinkle with sweet nothings. The Black Keys’ new album opener, “Everlasting Light” is so savory you’ll want to keep hitting it up until you’re the fattest possible bastard. I was digging it well past feeding time, busting seams. That T-Rex lick meets buttery blues ballad just won’t let you stop at one.

The Black Keys: Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney.

The album doesn’t let up there either. Overall it compels one to move, a good thing or Bloomberg would be banning this shit in the fight against childhood obesity. The 15 track album, Brothers, includes the Danger Mouse-produced song “Tighten Up” and one cover, the 1968 Jerry Butler hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up.” The rest of the record is all written, performed and produced by Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney – aka The Black Keys.

Brothers is due May 18 on Nonesuch Records but you can stream the whole thing now on NPR here. I’ve taken the liberty of embedding that opener below, but head there for the rest.

And dig this freaked out video for the track “Next Girl.”

More Black Keys here and Blakroc videos!

Initial tour dates:

May 20 Madison Square Garden New York, NY
May 25 Late Show with David Letterman New York, NY
May 26 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon New York, NY
June 2 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT
June 3 The Fillmore Denver, CO
June 4 The Crossroads Kansas City, MO
June 5 Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival Ozark, AR
June 8 First Ave Minneapolis, MN
June 9 First Ave Minneapolis, MN
June 10 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
June 11 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN

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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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