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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 also played Terminal 5.) During the run, the iconic punk band, with help from one of their famous friends, revived their take on the B-52’s “Rock Lobster,” one of the… More »

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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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 songs…
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

Watch A Squinty Stephen Malkmus Present Ylvis With A Webby Award

Last night brought the 18th Annual Webby Awards, where Ylvis' captivatingly bizarre video for "What The Fox Say?" won for Best Viral Video. Appearing to…
Miles Bowe | May 20, 2014 - 3:00 pm
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Watch Parquet Courts And Fred Armisen Debut “Black And White” On Seth Meyers

Earlier today, Brooklyn punk outfit Parquet Courts released the studio version of their new song "Black & White." Last night, the band played the new…
Sam Behrens | May 1, 2014 - 11:25 am
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Watch Josh Homme Play A “Disappointing Gay” On Portlandia

We've seen rock stars Jeff Tweedy, Tunde Adebimpe, and St. Vincent (twice!) on Portlandia this year. Now Josh Homme's episode is about to air. Homme…
Chris DeVille | April 15, 2014 - 2:55 pm
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Watch Eminem & Rihanna Peform, Jack White Cameo With Conan At The MTV Movie Awards

If you missed last night's MTV Movie Awards, you have plenty of valid excuses -- Game Of Thrones, Mad Men, Coachella, watching people talk about…
Tom Breihan | April 14, 2014 - 8:28 am

Watch Eleanor Friedberger Sit In With The 8G Band On Late Night With Seth Meyers

Although Late Night With Seth Meyers has scaled back its musical component, Fred Armisen's 8G Band still comprises a number of indie rock veterans, and…
Chris DeVille | April 8, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Watch Jeff Tweedy Learn To Write An Honest Folk Song On Portlandia

As promised, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy appeared in a season 4 episode of Portlandia last night. Tweedy played himself in a sketch that involved Carrie Brownstein…
Chris DeVille | April 4, 2014 - 4:21 pm
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Watch The Flaming Lips’ April Fool’s Videos For Funny Or Die

The Flaming Lips recently shared Flaming Side Of The Moon, a new piece of music that's intended to accompany both Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of
Tom Breihan | April 1, 2014 - 11:48 am
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Watch St. Vincent Get Harassed By Portlandia’s Studio Guy

Annie Clark has a long history of collaborating with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein -- it started with the music video for "Laughing With A
James Rettig | March 31, 2014 - 4:05 pm
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Split Single’s Jason Narducy Has The Sexiest Elbows In Rock

Besides fronting Split Single (Britt Daniel's other other band), indie-rock veteran Jason Narducy is a member of the Bob Mould Band and Superchunk and has…
Chris DeVille | March 18, 2014 - 11:49 am

Watch St. Vincent Save A Tax Lawyer’s Career On Portlandia

Annie Clark has been through Portlandia before to model a sexy new police uniform, and as promised, she's back on IFC's indie-rock-friendly sketch show for…
Chris DeVille | March 18, 2014 - 11:07 am
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Watch Marnie Stern Sit In With Late Night’s 8G Band

When Fred Armisen was announced as bandleader and "curator" of Late Night With Seth Meyers' 8G band, it implied the lineup might change from time…
Scott Lapatine | March 8, 2014 - 11:12 am