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Sleater-Kinney’s 10 Best Cover Songs

Last year Sleater-Kinney put a period on their world-shaking, band-revitalizing 2015 with a nearly weeklong victory lap across some of New York's finest venues. (They…
Michael Tedder | January 18, 2016 - 10:31 am


Q&A: Carrie Brownstein On Writing Her Memoir, Portlandia’s Fourth Season, And The Future Of Sleater-Kinney

Few indie rock alums have managed to enjoy a career as successful -- and as wildly varied -- as that of Carrie Brownstein. For those…
T. Cole Rachel | January 6, 2014 - 4:59 pm


Watch St. Vincent & Isaac Brock On Portlandia + Fred Armisen’s 10 Favorite Portland Bands

Portlandia is a show by, for, and about indie rock types, so it's no surprise that indie big dogs show up in sketches every so…
Tom Breihan | February 6, 2012 - 4:09 pm

More Fred Armisen stories

Stream Fred Armisen & Bill Hader’s Talking Heads Parody Album

On the most recent episode of their IFC show Documentary Now!, the Saturday Night Live veterans Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, along with old friend…
Tom Breihan | October 13, 2016 - 1:09 pm

Watch Clips From Documentary Now!‘s Talking Heads Parody Episode

Fred Armisen and Bill Hader have devoted an episode of their IFC comedy show Documentary Now! to parodying Jonathan Demme's 1984 Talking Heads concert film…
Tom Breihan | October 10, 2016 - 2:33 pm

Watch Portlandia Mock MRAs With “What About Men?” Protest Song

Portlandia's seventh season premieres in January, and today, the series has shared a sneak peek at an upcoming episode. The sketch features Fred Armisen and…
Peter Helman | October 6, 2016 - 7:29 pm

Portland’s Real-Life Feminist Bookstore: “Fuck Portlandia”

Since Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein began putting together their Portland-centric IFC sketch show Portlandia, they've filmed their recurring feminist-bookstore sketches at In Other Words,…
Tom Breihan | September 30, 2016 - 10:32 am

Watch Fred Armisen & Bill Hader’s Test Pattern Parody Talking Heads On Seth Meyers

Fred Armisen and Bill Hader appeared as their Talking Heads parody band Test Pattern on last night's episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers. Meyers…
James Rettig | September 14, 2016 - 11:02 am

Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, & Maya Rudolph Making Talking Heads Parody For Documentary Now!

Stop Making Sense, the 1984 Talking Heads concert film that Jonathan Demme directed, might be the single greatest live-show movie ever made. And this fall,…
Tom Breihan | July 6, 2016 - 9:31 am

SNL’s Season Finale With Fred Armisen: Courtney Barnett, The Lonely Island’s “Bin Laden Song,” & A Surprise Carrie Brownstein Cameo

On last night's Saturday Night Live hosted by former cast member Fred Armisen, noted Australian Courtney Barnett helped close the 41st season in spectacular fashion.
Collin Robinson | May 22, 2016 - 11:40 am

Watch Fred Armisen & Courtney Barnett’s SNL Promos

Courtney Barnett is the musical guest for the season finale of Saturday Night Live this weekend, and she's joined by fellow musically-inclined (at times) guest…
James Rettig | May 19, 2016 - 6:48 pm

Watch Mick Fleetwood, Stewart Copeland, Taylor Hawkins, & Tommy Lee Join Will Ferrell & Chad Smith’s Latest Charity Drum-Off

Celebrity doppelgängers Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith held a charity drum-off on The Tonight Show back in 2014. (Ferrell won.)…
Peter Helman | April 30, 2016 - 2:58 pm

Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex – “Mountain” Video (Dir. Fred Armisen)

Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex will release a new album titled Denver this Friday, and in anticipation they released a video for the…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | April 13, 2016 - 11:29 am

Watch Glenn Danzig Teach Fred Armisen Beach Goth Style On Portlandia

For the past four years the Growlers have been throwing their Beach Goth festival in Orange County. The name is funny for obvious reasons, reasons…
Chris DeVille | February 8, 2016 - 1:38 pm

2001 – “Overloaded” Video (Feat. Fred Armisen) (Stereogum Premiere)

How does Fred Armisen find time to make so many musical cameos? The Portlandia star, SNL alum, and Late Night With Seth Meyers band leader's…
Chris DeVille | January 12, 2016 - 10:03 am

Watch Sleater-Kinney Cover The B-52s’ “Rock Lobster” With Fred Armisen

There's always been a slight B-52s influence in the Sleater-Kinney sound. It's never been obvious or overbearing, but it's there in things like the spidery…
Tom Breihan | December 14, 2015 - 9:47 am

Blue Jean Committee – “Catalina Breeze” Video

Former Saturday Night Live castmates Fred Armisen and Bill Hader like '70s soft rock so much that they formed a band, the Blue Jean Committee,…
Tom Breihan | December 7, 2015 - 11:31 am
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