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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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Watch Fred Armisen & J Mascis Cover TLC’s “Waterfalls” In Boston

Portlandia's Fred Armisen has played shows alongside a wide range of talent and we have seen him perform TLC's "Waterfalls" in the past. Last Friday…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | November 19, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Watch Fred Armien’s Ian Rubbish Interview The Clash

In a new FunnyOrDie video, Fred Armisen's under-recognized first-gen punk Ian Rubbish interviews Mick Jones and Paul Simonon at NYC's Electric Lady Studios. Of course…
Scott Lapatine | October 16, 2013 - 9:50 am

Watch The 14th Annual Best Member Of Kings Of Leon Awards

Kings Of Leon performed last week at Shepherd's Bush in London for an AMEX Unstaged webcast that was directed by Fred Armisen. There were some…
Claire Lobenfeld | August 15, 2013 - 2:27 pm

Watch Kings Of Leon’s AMEX Unstaged Webcast

The latest installment of the AMEX Unstaged webcast features Kings of Leon playing live from London. It was directed by Fred Armisen, and you can…
Liz Pelly | August 10, 2013 - 1:17 pm

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
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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
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:…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Michael Nelson | August 7, 2012 - 12:34 pm