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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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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…
stereogum | March 1, 2010 - 11:35 am
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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
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