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Blip Festival 2011 Levels Up This Weekend in NYC

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When it comes to tunes that burrow inside your head and never leave, very little can rival the awesome earworm power of chiptune music. The genre’s roots come from the 8-bit video game era, when the tinny, infectious music of titles like “Double Dragon” and “Metroid” accompanied the adventures of a generation.

Members of that same generation of players grew up to be chiptune musicians, who hack and circuit-bend Game Boys, old NES home consoles to recreate and recontextualize game music into DIY, lo-fi electronica. Recording artists like Nullsleep, Starscream and Bubblyfish have garnered devoted followings who rock out to the tunes borne out of technological limitations and now you can join them if you happen to be in NYC this weekend.

Last night saw the start of the fifth annual Blip Festival, a gathering of chiptunes artists from all over the world. It’s put on by 8bitpeoples, an artist collective centered on the creativity that can be found in retro game machines and home computers. Last night’s opening concert featured Anamanaguchi, the Brooklyn-based band who did the music for the “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” video game. You can find the full line-up and schedule of events here. And, after the live sets wrap up, indie video game speakeasy Babycastles will be presenting midnight arcade events, too.

If you don’t live in New York City or just can’t make it to the festival, you can check out a livestream of select performances courtesy of WFMU.

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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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