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Stevie Nicks “In Your Dreams”

Stevie Nicks “In Your Dreams” (photo)

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Fleetwood Mac had two distinct periods of major success as a band: first in the 1960’s lead by founder and guitarist Peter Green with an awesome blues sound that few seem to be aware of — and later in the 1970’s with Lindsey Buckingham replacing Green, who had spiraled into madness after taking large does of acid. Buckingham brought his girlfriend, a pretty thing with a sultry voice, with him into the band and Stevie Nicks emerged as the indisputable queen of 70’s rock and roll.

The band was fantastic, but it was Nicks that catapulted them to new heights with her inimitable style and the hits she wrote, like “Dreams” and “Landslide.” She’s returned with a solo record for the first time in 10 years, called “In Your Dreams” with the help of Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, co-producing. Rolling Stone has the album up and streaming here.

Nicks, now 62 years old, pursues the same magical and lovelorn themes she did when she was 22. In fact, the track “Secret Love” was written in the mid 70’s about an affair she was having as her relationship with Buckingham fell apart during the recording of “Rumors.”

“I have really tried to remember who it was about,” Nicks told Spinner, “but at the end of 1975, the world was spinning around us so fast, and we were meeting people every other day. There were gorgeous men and gorgeous women everywhere. We were fast and beautiful and crazy.”

There are a few charmers on this album such as “Annabel Lee” and closer “Cheaper than Free.” “Soldier’s Angel” even recalls some of that old Fleetwood Mac sound, but there are some real duds too, and Stewart’s no Lindsey Buckingham with a guitar. The ZZ Top licks on “Ghosts are Gone” are particularly troubling. This record’s probably not for the 20 and 30 somethings who have been breathing new life into Fleetwood Mac and old Stevie Nicks records again for the past decade, but it’s nice to hear Stevie musing again all the same.

Here’s Stevie Nicks video for “Secret Love,” shot at and around her house. It features her goddaughter wearing a dress that Nicks used to wear onstage in the 70’s.

Here’s how it was done in 1975 (play it the way you feel it, but listen carefully to the sound).

Fleetwood Mac — “Dreams”

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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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