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IFC + SXSW: Meet The Bands, Rural Alberta Advantage Edition

IFC + SXSW: Meet The Bands, Rural Alberta Advantage Edition (photo)

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March 19 at 4 p.m. You’ll want to mark that date and time in your iCal or old school paper datebook (is that what they called them, grandpa?) because that is when Rural Alberta Advantage will take the stage at the IFC House at SXSW. (Have you RSVPd yet? Do it now, we’ll wait.) Don’t worry, we’re live streaming the show right here on, too. Want to see who else is playing? Check the schedule and follow us on Twitter (@IFCtv) for updates.

The Rural Alberta Advantage got a lot of well-deserved attention after they opened for Grizzly Bear at SXSW in 2009. Their lo-fi folk epics with interwoven harmonies and thumping drums are engaging for music lovers of all stripes. The group may not be well known yet, but fans of Neutral Milk Hotel, the Shins, and Arcade Fire are sure to recognize the kindred spirits crafting their ingenious and eloquent songs. The group consists of singer/guitarist Nils Edenloff, drummer Paul Banwatt, and Amy Cole, who provides keys, percussion, and backing vocals. And, yes, as advertised, they are from rural Alberta, Canada.

Here’s their song “Stamp”. Please to enjoy and come check them out on March 19 at 4 p.m. in Austin or online:

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Stamp from Saddle Creek on Vimeo.

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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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