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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 »

New year, new feature! Welcome to Rank & File, where we track the week’s biggest people and stories in easily digestible chart-form. We did this because sometimes it’s hard to know what was the biggest story, and it helps to have a scientific and definitive list of these things to keep everyone from arguing in… More »

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The Flaming Lips Will Guest In Portlandia Season 6

Portlandia will be back starting 1/21, and today Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen announced that the Flaming Lips will guest star alongside a slew of…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | November 11, 2015 - 5:45 pm

Glenn Danzig To Guest On Portlandia

Wanna feel old? Portlandia is currently in its sixth season, and it's going stronger than ever. Since Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein incorporate about as…
Caitlin White | August 25, 2015 - 5:11 pm

Portlandia Filming Episode On Site At Pickathon

Is art an imitation of life, or is life an imitation of art? This is an existential musing that's plagued anyone with a lot of…
Caitlin White | July 16, 2015 - 2:36 pm

Watch Portlandia’s Kath & Dave Try To Make An Impression On Paul Simon

Portlandia is wrapping up in a few weeks, and the fifth season has been sadly lacking on the musical guest star front. On this week's…
James Rettig | March 2, 2015 - 11:48 am

Portlandia Will Be Back For A Sixth And Seventh Season

IFC announced today that they’ve renewed Portlandia for a sixth (in 2016) and seventh (in 2017) season. News of Sleater-Kinney’s long-awaited reunion might’ve called into…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | February 10, 2015 - 11:43 am

Watch Portlandia’s Feminist Bookstore Owners In An Epic ’90s Dance Battle

Portlandia's season premiere, titled "The Story of Toni and Candace," will break from the show's usual sketch-oriented format to tell one narrative throughout the half-hour.
Chris DeVille | January 5, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Portlandia Season 5 Guests Include Paul Simon, Greta Gerwig, Parker Posey, Oscar The Grouch

On January 8, IFC's Portlandia will return for a fifth season. The show is no stranger to musical guests -- we've seen appearances by Jeff
Gabriela Tully Claymore | November 20, 2014 - 3:33 pm

Watch Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen Prep Their Own Goth Funerals In A Portlandia Season 5 Sketch

After Sleater-Kinney recorded their comeback album No Cities To Love, Carrie Brownstein joined Fred Armisen to film the fifth season of Portlandia. The series doesn't…
Chris DeVille | October 30, 2014 - 4:39 pm

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 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 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

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 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

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

Watch Dirty Projectors And J Mascis On Portlandia

Here's a sneak peek of this Friday's episode of Portlandia. J Mascis and members of Dirty Projectors perform with a character played by Carrie Brownstein…
Claire Lobenfeld | January 23, 2013 - 2:08 pm

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 Jack White’s Winter In Portlandia Cameo

On Portlandia's special holiday episode, there was a sketch in which Fred Armisen played a nervous, vintage-gear-obsessed studio engineer who uses the phrase Pet Sounds
Tom Breihan | December 17, 2012 - 10:22 am

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