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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch Portlandia’s Hip Hop History Sketch

Have you ever wanted to go to a hip-hop show, but you're stuck with that one friend who doesn't know anything about hip-hop? Obviously the…
Miles Bowe | March 6, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Watch Tunde Adebimpe’s Portlandia Cameo

Last night's Portlandia season premiere meant the beginning of the parade of celebrity cameos we heard about previously. One of the first rock stars to…
Chris DeVille | February 28, 2014 - 2:10 pm

Seth Meyers’ Late Night Band Includes Fred Armisen & Members Of Les Savy Fav

The most important person in any late-night show is obviously its host, but a show's bandleader can have a huge impact on that show's personality.
Tom Breihan | February 10, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Drag City’s Releasing Some Obscure SNL Songs On 7″

The former SNL cast member and indie-scene lifer Fred Armisen is teaming up with Drag City to release a couple of less-heralded songs from his…
Tom Breihan | January 22, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Red Fang – “Blood Like Cream” Video (Feat. Fred Armisen)

I don’t know where the Portland sludge-rockers Red Fang found the budget to make an amazing and funny video for their pounding “Blood Like Cream,”…
Tom Breihan | December 12, 2013 - 11:14 am

Jeff Tweedy, Josh Homme, Tunde Adebimpe To Appear In Portlandia Season 4

Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen's hipster-skewering/celebrating sketch comedy series Portlandia returns to IFC for its fourth season on 2/27/14, and as usual the guest list…
Chris DeVille | December 10, 2013 - 12:00 pm