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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 i… More »

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Sasquatch! 2012 In Photos

Washington’s Sasquatch! Festival took place over the weekend, a heavy-hitting four day lineup featuring people like Jack White, St. Vincent. Bon Iver, Beck, Sanitgold, the…
Corban Goble | May 29, 2012 - 12:59 pm
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Carrie Brownstein To Publish Memoir

The New York Times reports that Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag co-leader Carrie Brownstein, who’s lately become weirdly famous as one of the two people behind Portlandia, ha…
Tom Breihan | April 2, 2012 - 2:51 pm
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Watch Johnny Marr On Portlandia

Johnny Marr is the latest figure from the rock world to drop into this season of Portlandia, joining the ranks of Isaac Brock, Joanna Newsom,…
Corban Goble | March 5, 2012 - 2:51 pm
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Watch Joanna Newsom On Portlandia

On this Friday's episode of Portlandia, Joanna Newsom shows up in a sketch. And you don't actually have to wait until then to watch it…
Tom Breihan | February 13, 2012 - 5:04 pm
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St. Vincent Covers Pearl Jam’s “Black”

While Friday night's Williamsburg incarnation of the Portlandia Tour featured the likes of Adam Horovitz and Hugh Cornwell (of the Stranglers), St. Vincent's Annie Clark…
Corban Goble | January 23, 2012 - 9:14 am
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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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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 come…
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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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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