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Exclusive premiere: Kyle Andrews “The Search for A Heart”

Exclusive premiere: Kyle Andrews “The Search for A Heart” (photo)

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Kyle Andrews‘ “Robot Learn Love” is a concept album about modern digital life and love. “We work, create art, and communicate every day through some sort of computer device, some sort of robot,” Andrews says. Song titles written in IM shorthand explore alienation and heartbreak in high resolution, punctuated by lo-fi flourishes — vocals recorded sometimes through built-in laptop mics, other times through high end studio preamps, live strings are backed by simulated software drums.

These themes and techniques come alive in “The Search for A Heart” with a little twist from directors Matt Barber and Matt Webb who fancied working in a covert nod to the portal heavy, ancient-meets-futuristic 1994 film, “Stargate.”

“As Matt [Webb] and I brainstormed ideas while listening to the song, the themes of escapism, discontentment, and idealism kept surfacing,” Barber said of the conceptualizing for the video. “These themes, which are often found in ‘portal films’ such as ‘Alice In Wonderland,’ ‘Chronicles of Narnia,’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ allow a character to confront their hopes, fears, and regrets. With ‘Search For A Heart’, we set out to explore the character’s fear of commitment. But, secretly, we just wanted to pay homage to our favorite film… ‘Stargate.'”

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Kyle Andrews tour dates:

September 1 – Asheville, NC @ Lexington Avenue Brewery
September 2 – Durham, NC @ Casbah
September 5 – Norfolk, VA @ The Taphouse in Ghent
September 7 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java (this is basically DC)
September 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ NorthStar Bar
September 9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly – w/ Taxicab Racers and Stationary Set
September 10 – New York, NY @ Pianos
September 11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
September 13 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement

Where’s the heart? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

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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

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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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