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Few indie rock alums have managed to enjoy a career as successful — and as wildly varied — as that of Carrie Brownstein. For those of us who came of age in the early ’90s, Brownstein was already an icon due to her role as a vocalist and unstoppable guitar shredder in Excuse 17 and… More »

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 often. This past weekend’s episode featured two. St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, who first collaborated with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein back when they were the online sketch duo ThunderAnt, played… More »

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Glenn Danzig To Guest On Portlandia

Wanna feel old? Portlandia is currently in its sixth season, and it's going stronger than ever. Since Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein incorporate about a…
Caitlin White | August 25, 2015 - 5:11 pm
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Preview Fred Armisen & Bill Hader’s Blue Jean Committee Documentary And Watch The Band Reunite On Seth Meyers

Fred Armisen and Bill Hader have long been toeing the line between comedy and music, with Armisen even going so far as to release a
Caitlin White | August 18, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Jenny Lewis – “She’s Not Me” Video

Just yesterday, Jenny Lewis and Vanessa Bayer were joking about Troop Beverly Hills, the 1989 kids movie that Lewis appeared in when she was a…
Chris DeVille | May 27, 2015 - 10:51 am
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Watch Bob Mould Perform With Ian Rubbish In San Francisco

Fred Armisen’s faux-Brit and surprisingly pro-Thatcher punk-rock alter ego Ian Rubbish has been around for a while, and he’s caught the ear of musical great…
Caitlin White | May 7, 2015 - 10:35 am

Howard Stern Announces Beatles Special With The Flaming Lips & Fred Armisen

There are going to be some confused boomers this Friday night. At 11PM, Howard Stern is turning over his Sirius XM channel to guest host…
Tom Breihan | April 22, 2015 - 11:04 am

Nick Cave, Courtney Love, Devendra Banhart, And A Million Others Paid Messy Tribute To Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” In L.A.

It was an unusually wet evening in Los Angeles, and soggy Allen Ginsberg fans lined up outside the Theatre at the Ace Hotel to celebrate…
Molly Bergen | April 8, 2015 - 11:13 am
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Watch Portlandia’s Kath & Dave Try To Make An Impression On Paul Simon

Portlandia is wrapping up in a few weeks, and the fifth season has been sadly lacking on the musical guest star front. On this week'…
James Rettig | March 2, 2015 - 11:48 am
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SNL 40: Watch Justin Timberlake Rap The History Of SNL, Taylor Swift Act In “The Californians,” Miley Cyrus Cover Paul Simon, Kanye West Sing “Wolves” & Appear In “Wayne’s World”

Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary celebration is going on right now, and pretty much every famous person ever is there. Notable musicians in attendance include…
James Rettig | February 15, 2015 - 9:05 pm
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Tracee Ellis Ross Wishes Kanye Hadn’t Revealed Her Address

Blackish star Tracee Ellis Ross (who is the daughter of Diana Ross for those who don't know) is in New York for Fred Armisen's Lipstick
Caitlin White | February 11, 2015 - 12:21 pm

Watch J Mascis Cover Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” On Late Night

Back in 2013, Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis released a solo cover of Mazzy Star's 1993 soft-focus torch-song classic "Fade Into You"; it was a…
Tom Breihan | February 5, 2015 - 9:41 am

Watch Sarah Silverman, Andy Samberg, Connie Britton, Many More Celebs Sing Sleater-Kinney’s “No Cities To Love”

Sleater-Kinney still haven't made any music videos for No Cities To Love, the triumphant comeback album that finally arrives next week. Maybe they won't! Why…
Tom Breihan | January 15, 2015 - 12:44 pm
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Watch Portlandia’s Feminist Bookstore Owners In An Epic ’90s Dance Battle

Portlandia's season premiere, titled "The Story of Toni and Candace," will break from the show's usual sketch-oriented format to tell one narrative throughout the half-hour.
Chris DeVille | January 5, 2015 - 1:41 pm
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Kate Pierson – “Mister Sister” Lyric Video (Feat. Fred Armisen) (Stereogum Premiere)

Kate Pierson's "Mister Sister" video, from the B-52s singer's debut solo album Guitars And Microphones, featured a heavy dose of Fred Armisen. There's more where…
Chris DeVille | December 9, 2014 - 9:59 am
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Kate Pierson – “Mister Sister” Video (Feat. Fred Armisen)

B-52s singer Kate Pierson has announced her debut solo album and released a video for the lead single. Guitars And Microphones was executive produced by…
Chris DeVille | December 2, 2014 - 10:17 am
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Portlandia Season 5 Guests Include Paul Simon, Greta Gerwig, Parker Posey, Oscar The Grouch

On January 8, IFC's Portlandia will return for a fifth season. The show is no stranger to musical guests -- we've seen appearances by Jeff
Gabriela Tully Claymore | November 20, 2014 - 3:33 pm
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Fred Armisen’s Latest SNL 7″ Features Joshua Rainhorn, Paulinho e Beatriz

At the beginning of the year, Drag City announced that it was teaming up with Fred Armisen to release a series of 7-inches featuring song…
James Rettig | November 14, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Watch Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen Prep Their Own Goth Funerals In A Portlandia Season 5 Sketch

After Sleater-Kinney recorded their comeback album No Cities To Love, Carrie Brownstein joined Fred Armisen to film the fifth season of Portlandia. The series doesn't…
Chris DeVille | October 30, 2014 - 4:39 pm
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Watch Lil Jon, Fred Armisen, Devendra Banhart, & Lena Dunham In A “Turn Out For What” Voting PSA

There's a mid-term election this November, which means you, the American citizen, have the right to elect representatives to Congress (and probably a Senator too)…
Chris DeVille | October 7, 2014 - 2:36 pm
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J Mascis – “Every Morning” Video (Feat. Fred Armisen)

You keep thinking Fred Armisen's schedule is so busy that he'll have to stop appearing in random indie rock music videos, but no, he never…
Tom Breihan | August 27, 2014 - 9:33 am

Supergroup Dead Men Walking Features Members Of The Damned, Guns N’ Roses, Stray Cats, The Alarm … And Fred Armisen

A large supergroup calling itself Dead Men Walking has announced it will play a one-off show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on 9/14. The…
Miles Bowe | August 5, 2014 - 4:41 pm
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