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Watch Shaking Through, one of the very best online music series

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It seems like every week or so, some blog or music website comes up with a new way to show a band playing another song, whether that’s in the street or in the back of a car or simply on a stage. Maybe it’s a new concept, like a band covering a tune by an unexpected artist, or a technological conceit, as when the performance is recorded in some strange, old medium. For the last year or so, one of my favorite series on the Internet has been Shaking Through, a collaboration between Philadelphia radio station WXPN and a nonprofit in the city called Weathervane Music.

Led by the remarkable producer and musician Brian McTear, Shaking Through treats every band they feature and every song those bands make like a cross between sanctuaries and stories. For McTear and his crew, this music and the chance to make it seems sacred, each three or four minutes of audio a new chance to put something perfect and daring into the world. It makes sense, then, that Shaking Through releases some of the best takes ever by some of the bands it brings into the studio. For evidence, see their crippling version of Sharon Van Etten‘s “Love More,” released last year.

The latest release from Shaking Through is a song called “Heavy Love,” by the Bloomington, Ind., quartet Dreamers of the Ghetto. The song is an arching, epic anthem, delivered by frontman Luke Jones and his wife, Lauren, with a sense of meaning and purpose that suggests the depths and heights of American gospel music. Like Gang Gang Dance coiling around a theme, Bear in Heaven easing into its sound or Spiritualized coming down into an indie rock budget, Dreamers of the Ghetto make music that’s as grounded as it is ground. If you’ve never seen Shaking Through, this is a good entrance, curated by Secretly Canadian head honcho Ben Swanson. Just don’t forget to work backwards, too.

What’s your favorite place to watch music being made on the Internet?

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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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