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Watch Fred Armisen’s Kings Of Leon Unstaged Promos

Kings Of Leon’s sixth studio LP Mechanical Bull is out in September and the band will support its release by performing the next AMEX Unstaged live webcast. The performance will take place at famed London venue Shepherd’s Bush with Fred Armisen on directing duty. Below you can watch an awkward and hilarious promo video, i… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 5, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Next AMEX Unstaged Is Kings Of Leon Directed By Fred Armisen

Kings Of Leon is the next AMEX Unstaged artist and their live webcast will be directed by SNL alum Fred Armisen. The broadcast, which will stream live via both Vevo and YouTube, airs on 8/9 from the venue Shepherd’s Bush in London. Kings Of Leon just recently released “Supersoaker,” the lead single from their upcoming… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 26, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Watch A Queens Of The Stone Age USB Drive Commercial Starring Fred Armisen

The new Queens Of The Stone Age album …Like Clockwork came out a few weeks ago, and there’s a decent chance you’ve already bought a copy; it gave the band their first-ever Billboard #1. You may, however, want to buy the thing again, since there’s one format that’s apparently more special than all the other… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 9, 2013 - 9:46 am

Watch Grimes, Frank Ocean, Tanlines At The 2013 Webby Awards

The 17th Annual Webby Awards went down last night at Wall Street’s cavernous Cipriani’s. Hosted by Patton Oswalt, the ceremony featured a performance by Tanlines, who played their song “All Of Me,” as well as the presentation of awards to the previously-announced winners, including Frank Ocean and Grimes. Ocean was unable to attend, so he… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 22, 2013 - 11:42 am

Watch Fred Armisen’s SNL Farewell With Carrie Brownstein, Kim Gordon, J Mascis, Aimee Mann

It seems Fred Armisen is leaving Saturday Night Live. In addition to two epic Kanye West performances, last night’s episode featured a super-group of indie rock stars joining Armisen on stage for what appeared to be a send-off. Armisen played his punk character Ian Rubbish, leading a band featuring two other departing SNL players Bill… More »

By: Liz Pelly / May 19, 2013 - 11:55 am

Download The Best Of Ian Rubbish & The Bizarros

A couple weeks back, soon after the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, we were introduced to Ian Rubbish & The Bizarros, via the SNL sketch History Of Punk. The fictional band featured Fred Armisen as a Johnny Rotten-esque punk rocker with one crucial difference: Where Rotten was a public opponent of Thatcher,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 30, 2013 - 3:21 pm

Vampire Weekend, Steve Buscemi & Fred Armisen @ Roseland Ballroom, NYC 4/28/13

Roseland Ballroom is up on 52nd St. in Manhattan, about 40 blocks higher than most indie rock bands ever venture. But in an amusing case of geographic razzmatazz, last night it hosted uptown’s most resplendent indie rock band, for whom 52nd St. was once a way-downtown destination. After Fred Armisen’s quick opening set as Thatcher-loving… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 29, 2013 - 10:12 am

Watch SNL’s Pro-Thatcher Punk History Sketch

In real life, the Sex Pistols were no fans of Margaret Thatcher, but in the wake of the former prime minister’s passing, this weekend’s SNL re-imagined a world in which Johnny Rotten (or a thinly veiled composite) had a great big soft spot for the Iron Lady. In the SNL sketch, a mockumentary series called… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 15, 2013 - 1:09 pm

The Music Of Prince (Feat. D’Angelo, Elvis Costello, Fred Armisen, & More) @ Carnegie Hall, NYC 3/7/13

Last night, a motley crew of stage and screen stars paid tribute to newly resurgent pop legend Prince at NYC’s Carnegie Hall. Among the performers: D’Angelo, the Waterboys, Elvis Costello, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Talib Kweli, Sandra Bernhard, Nina Persson (the Cardigans), the Blind Boys Of Alabama, Betty Lavette, and Fred Armisen, who has impersonated… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 8, 2013 - 11:15 am

Watch Fred Armisen, Marnie Stern, Tim Harrington Et Al Cover TLC @ Bowery Ballroom

Last night, SNL/Portlandia’s Fred Armisen played a solo show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. He was joined by a grip of friends, including Marnie Stern, Les Savy Fav’s Tim Harrington, and Leigh Nash, among others. Dressed in white jumpsuits, the crew did a cover of seminal TLC hit “Waterfalls.” In theory, this is something that… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 20, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Watch Fred Armisen Talk Death Grips On Rachael Ray

Apparently, celebrity chef Rachael Ray has a thing she does on her talk show where she gives her guests 60 seconds to talk about whatever they want. And in his recent appearance on the show, Fred Armisen used most of his allotted time to talk about Death Grips — or, more specifically, about former Hella… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 28, 2013 - 3:21 pm

Watch Yo La Tengo Play Fallon With Fred Armisen

Yesterday, Hoboken indie greats Yo La Tengo released Fade, their utterly gorgeous new album. And last night, they celebrated that release by serving as musical guests on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Former Trenchmouth drummer Fred Armisen, alongside another guy I don’t recognize, sat in on drums next to Georgia Hubley as the band played… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2013 - 9:04 am

Watch Kurt Loder, Tabitha Soren & Matt Pinfield Take Back MTV On Portlandia

On Friday night’s episode of Portlandia, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein played two secret-agent types who recruited iconic MTV personalities Kurt Loder, Tabitha Soren, and Matt Pinfield for the beautiful, doomed mission of taking back the network and turning it into what it once was. I would’ve respected the sketch more if it had, like,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 7, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Watch The Decemberists, Daft Punk On The Simpsons

The Simpsons: It’s still on! Last night’s episode of the venerated animated institution, which I did not watch, concerned the hipsterification of Springfield, and the episode’s guest voices included Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Patton Oswalt, and the Decemberists, who managed to look smug even as cartoons. Watch a quick glimpse of the band in SimpsonsMore »

By: Tom Breihan / December 10, 2012 - 9:48 am

Watch J Mascis Interviewed By Portlandia’s Feminist Bookstore Lady

J Mascis is god, but he’s also a notoriously difficult interview; he’s known for being reticent and awkward and prickly. But maybe that’s just the milieu of the exchange? Maybe he’d be a bit more comfortable talking to someone not necessarily concerned with professional demeanor? Here, Candace, of Portland’s fine feminist bookstore Women & Wome… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 7, 2012 - 12:34 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 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 »

By: Tom Breihan / February 6, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, Thao & Mirah Cover “Push It”

At a recent San Francisco stop on the Portlandia tour, Thao & Mirah joined the show’s two stars, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, to cover Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It,” basically one of the most perfect songs in the history of the English language. It’s impossible to tell whether they’re joking, but everyone seems to be having… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 4, 2012 - 3:49 pm

Pearl Jam – “Chinese” (Previously Unreleased Demo)

At 1:30 in the embed below, you hear Cameron Crowe DJ a Stone Gossard composition called “Chinese,” a ’90s-era Pearl Jam demo, on Sirius/XMU’s Pearl Jam station. Crowe says a bit of it made it to the DVD of Pearl Jam 20, his PJ documentary that is both streaming on Netflix and every bit a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 3, 2012 - 9:55 am

SNL Sends Up Thom Yorke, M.I.A., Kanye In “Bublé Duets”

SNL’s writers and former champions made this weekend’s holiday episode a must see. Between Jimmy Fallon hosting, and the consequent cameo-returns of Weekend Updaters Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the ever-absurd Tracy Morgan, and some charitable outreach for the less fortunate (Rachel Dratch, Horatio Sanz, and Chris Kattan) — and the fact that it wa… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 19, 2011 - 10:27 am

Check Out Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein’s iTunes Celebrity Playlists

It’s poetic that after roasting everyone’s DJ nights, the Portlandia stars sorta DJ for us. Well, for iTunes. I hope nobody is surprised that they are very good at this. More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 16, 2011 - 4:35 pm