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SXSW 2012: The Drums interview and performance


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While The Drums’ hail from Brooklyn now, their Florida roots are evident in their beachy tunes. Their debut EP, aptly titled “Summertime!” earned the band a bunch of well-deserved buzz back in 2009. Their self-titled debut 80s inflected full-length delivered on their promise of the perfect and breezy soundtrack to a summer day. Now with their dreamy but darker sophomore album “Portamento,” The Drums are proving that they were no one-album wonder. Their new songs show a band in the process of growing into their sound. While their songs are still recognizably winsome and treading the same sonic landscape as their earlier work, the band seems to be less intent on inspired retro stylings and more on developing their own careening keyboard-and-guitar driven sound to great effect. Their new album offers more than just a cinematic backdrop and instead offers listeners a peek into the wonderfully eclectic, and slightly dark world of The Drums.

The group stopped by IFC’s studio at SXSW 2012 and performed an acoustic version of their song “Days”:

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After their performance, Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham, a.k.a. The Drums talked to IFC’s music host Chris Keating (of Yeasayer) about their long friendship, their stage presence, and who they consider the best musician in the world.

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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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