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Eels Hit The Road

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Mark Oliver Everett, better known as the driving force of the band Eels, is nothing if not ambitious. After releasing a trilogy of albums in 2009-2010 (“Hombre Lobo”, “End Times”, and “Tomorrow Morning” for those keeping track), he has just announced a world tour that leaves no far-flung corner untrodden. Fans from China to Toronto to Austin will be able to watch live as Eels performs their uniquely darkly beautiful songs that are evocative of Tom Waits, Mark Kozelek, and Elliott Smith. The tour kicks off June 1st in California and then heads to the Far East with shows in Beijing and Shanghai. Next stop is Europe with Eels’ first appearance at the Glastonbury Festival. Then they kick off their North American tour with dates spanning from sea to shining sea. While a tour is gift enough for the devoted Eels fans across the globe, in the words of the inimitable Billy Mays: But wait, there’s more!

To celebrate the tour, Eels are offering a free download of three tracks — one from each of the trilogy of albums released in 2010:

If the free music doesn’t convince you that this band is worth your hard-earned cash, here’s their video for “Fresh Blood” off their 2009 album “Hombre Lobo”:

Now go and buy tickets for any (or all) of these shows:

Eels 2011 Tour Dates:

06/01 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
06/05 – Beijing, CN @ Kama Love Music Festival
06/06 – Shanghai, CN @ Kama Love Music Festival
06/10 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
06/11 – Oslo, NO @ Norway Norwegian Wood Festival
06/12 – Gothenberg, SE @ Tradgarn
06/16 – Salzburg, AT @ Republic
06/17 – Luxembourg @ Den Atelier
06/18 – Neuhausen ob Eck, DE @ Southside Festival
06/19 – Scheeßel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
06/20 – Heerlen, NL @ Parkstadtheater Limburg
06/21 – Eindhoven, NL @ Muzieksgebouw Frits Philips
06/23 – Bilbao, ES @ Azkena Rock Festival
06/24 – Madrid, ES @ D-Code Festival
06/26 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Music Festival
06/27 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
06/28 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
06/30 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/01 – Arras, FR @ Main Square Festival
07/03 – Normandy, FR @ Beauregard Festival
07/04 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan
07/05 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan
07/06 – Brighton, UK @ The Dome
07/07 – London, UK @ Somerset House
07/09 – Naas, IE @ Oxegen
07/10 – Kinross, UK @ T in the Park
07/11 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy
07/12 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy
07/14 – Berne, CH @ Gurten Festival
07/15 – Aix les Bains, FR @ Musilac Festival
07/17 – Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
07/20 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
07/21 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
07/22 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
07/23 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
07/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
07/25 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Cats Cradle
07/27 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
07/28 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
07/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Music Hall
07/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Music Hall
07/31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
08/01 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
08/03 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
08/04 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
08/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
08/09 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theater
08/10 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
08/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
08/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…