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Gary Clark Jr. And Theophilus London At Habana Bar Backyard “Review”

Gary Clark Jr. And Theophilus London At Habana Bar Backyard “Review” (photo)

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Gary Clark, Jr. is a soul man. He’s a blues man. He’s a rock and roll man. Gary Clark Jr. is the real deal. When I happened upon his set, waiting to see the much-hyped Theophilus London at the Habana Bar Backyard, Clark Jr. was mid-wild jam with an electric three piece backing band that fleshed out the astonishing guitar skills of the 27 year-old Austin native. Song after song, the guitar aficionado delivered finger-numbing guitar solos as the band built walls of sound around him, with Clark Jr. intermittently slowing things down to sing the blues. The highlight of the set was a Marvin-style love ballad, Clark Jr. crooning in his sugar soul voice, “Please come home, it’s been too long.” When applied with true yearning and velvety finesse, his simplistic lyrics strike with a bold, honest weight. This is what Fat Possum was thinking about when they signed The Black Keys – dirty, guitar-driven, heartache-ridden blues.

When Brooklyn native Theophilis London took the stage, the mood shifted from soulful to downright silly. His wiry frame bounced around the stage like a lighting rod. Sliding and kick-stepping, he was a one-man dance show, more Prince than Puffy — the indie James Brown in his tight black jeans. Easy E in a sequined cowboy shirt. On stage with was a DJ, and a guitarist, who was asked to pluck out the guitar riff from “One More Chance,” for our pleasure. Pulling influence from 90’s rock and rap, London may not be breaking any new ground musically, but he is an infectious entertainer. Chimes, which are actually used in his breakout dance-hop hit, “Flying Overseas” are made into a hilarious prop onstage when strummed with a complementary head bang. Later, during “Girls Girls $,” London’s wing men threw piles of fake bills (Theopholy Money?) into the crowd, following with the promised branded shirts and tote bags. The man is an unabashed crowd-pleaser. In a festival stuffed to the brim with acts all watching themselves carefully not to appear to earnest, it was a welcome change.

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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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