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Exclusive premiere: The Beards “Behind The Beards”


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After The Beards were nominated for Best Comedy Album at the 2012 ARIA Awards, Gotye acknowledged their hairy prowess during one of his many acceptance speeches, saying “Thank you to The Beards for reminding us what all male artists should aspire to.”

Rarely has a band’s premise been simpler, or more masculine. In response to a perceived discrimination against bearded men in their home down under, The Beards formed in 2005 to make a difference. “We provided a voice for the bearded underdog and now everyone in our country has a beard,” vocalist Johann Beardraven says.

“There’s more to having a beard than meets the eye,” Beardraven, who also plays nude keyboards and saxophone, told us. “We’re offering a chance for the public to get a rare glimpse inside our bearded world, to take a journey deep within our beards. By the end, you will understand that bearded men are not to be feared, but loved and respected. And feared.”


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If you follow Whisker Wars, you may already have heard of The Beards, who once headlined the World Beard & Mustache Championships in Alaska. The Beard’s new album “Having A Beard Is The New Not Having A Beard” arrives unshaven in the U.S. on March 5th after which the band kicks off U.S. tour dates including an appearance at SXSW.

How do you like your whiskers? 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

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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