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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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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…
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…
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…
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…
Amrit Singh | December 16, 2011 - 4:35 pm

“Wanna Come To My DJ Night?” Preview Portlandia Season 2

Portlandia, the nominally Portland-specific but essentially all-purpose alt-culture-skewering sketch comedy show from the wonderful minds of fellow lifechampions Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, is returning…
Amrit Singh | December 7, 2011 - 9:40 am

Portlandia Goes On Tour

Portlandia, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's PDX-centric sketch comedy show, returns for its second season in January. And around the same time the show comes…
Tom Breihan | November 23, 2011 - 12:34 pm

Joanna Newsom, St. Vincent To Guest On Portlandia

The first season of Portlandia, the IFC sketch-comedy show from Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, had a ton of cameos from indie-ish celebs; consider, if…
Tom Breihan | November 9, 2011 - 11:46 am

Fred Armisen’s Guide To Music And SXSW 1998

A few years back we hosted Fred Armisen's comedic five part video guide to SXSW 1998. Then we switched video platforms and the clips were…
Scott Lapatine | March 17, 2011 - 12:25 pm

Watch Portlandia, Indie Sketch Show With Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, And A Washed Out Theme Song

"The dream of the '90s is alive in Portland," the place where young people go to retire. Or so goes the opening musical sequence of…
brandon | January 14, 2011 - 5:13 pm

Fred Armisen Joins Joanna Newsom In Concert

If you didn't know, Fred Armisen lets his hair down and records music/instructs drumming for Drag City as epic skinsman Jens Hannemann. He's in the…
brandon | March 25, 2010 - 1:50 pm

The Lonely Island & Julian Casablancas – “Boombox” Video

My favorite song from Incredibad gets a video/SNL digital short. Come along to awesometown, b.y.o.boiledgoose.
Scott Lapatine | March 14, 2010 - 9:53 am

Watch SNL’s Smash Mouth Sketch, “We Are The World 25″ Parody

Jennifer Lopez hosted and performed even though she doesn’t have an album or movie out anytime soon. She was the best part of a…
stereogum | March 1, 2010 - 11:35 am

Them Crooked Vultures, Crisis Of Conformity Play SNL

The supergroup’s performance was overshadowed by Crisis Of Conformity, Fred Armisen and Dave Grohl’s pitch-perfect hardcore punk spoof. Plus John Paul Jones had the line…
Amrit Singh | February 8, 2010 - 1:46 pm

St. Vincent – “Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood” Video (Feat. ThunderAnt)

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, aka team ThunderAnt, again return to the feminist bookstore, this time for an in-store performance by St. Vincent. There isn't…
brandon | February 4, 2010 - 11:44 am

Antony, Bono, Courtney, Scarlett, Rufus & Friends @ Carnegie Hall, NYC 10/4/09

Last night Carnegie Hall hosted the biggest assortment of megastars this side of the Orpheum for a (RED)NIGHTS charity show, benefiting the Global Fund's efforts…
Amrit Singh | October 5, 2009 - 11:33 am

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Take “Zero,” “Maps” To SNL

Some surprises on SNL last night. The first being that the show was sorta funny (Videogum will post the best bits tomorrow), and the second…
Scott Lapatine | April 12, 2009 - 1:18 pm

New Man Man Video (Feat. Fred Armisen, Charlyne Yi & Martin Starr) – “Rabbit Habits”

It's been about a year since Man Man released the first video from Rabbit Habits. In the relatively quiet time since, Honus Honus apparently has…
Amrit Singh | April 8, 2009 - 11:47 am

Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein Return To The Feminist Bookstore

We’ve kept you abreast of ThunderAnt’s various adventures. In the newest, possibly funniest episode they head back to Women And Women First to stock the…
brandon | December 4, 2008 - 10:31 am

The Killers’ Day & Age Album Art

The Killers performed "Human" and "Spaceman" on SNL this past weekend. It turns out they also performed some songs off-the-air, which is documented in this
brandon | October 9, 2008 - 3:11 pm

Fred Armisen Shows Carrie Brownstein His “One Man Show”

Last time ThunderAnt were in the kitchen, today Fred invites Carrie to his probing performance art piece which is funny for all the wrong reasons.
brandon | September 3, 2008 - 12:11 pm