Portlandia Live Reviewed

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein take the stage as Portland's ambassadors to itself


Arts & Books
Image courtesy of IFC's Portlandia BlogThe premise is, I suppose, simple: Take Portland on a tour, not merely in the pages of magazines and dailies, but actually as a place. Who says one city can’t visit another? But then of course, it is not so much Portland that is touring in live form to Seattle and New York and Boston (and also at the tour’s kickoff at the Hollywood Theater this past Tuesday, ...   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Mock Star

Carrie Brownstein is making fun of you.

Cover Story
In her 10 years as a Portlander, Carrie Brownstein has been many things: a guitarist, an actress, a blogger, an advertising writer, a dog trainer and, most recently, the creator of a TV series...   More
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 AARON MESH

Live Review: Wild Flag at Doug Fir Lounge on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011


Carrie Brownstein was really holding back on the spinny arm thing. You know, her little Townshend twirl which, in reviewing her new band Wild Flag’s show at the Doug Fir, I am obligated to mention she does better than anyone.The restraint was admirable, the mark of a true show womyn. She wanted to go for it, you could tell. Right from the start, a stiff rendition of “Electric Band” that could’ve ...   More
Friday, November 11, 2011 MARTIN CIZMAR

Album Review: Wild Flag

Wild Flag (Merge)

Album Reviews
[UNDER THE BANNER OF ROCK] In the music video for “Romance,” the lead single on their recently released self-titled debut, the members of Wild Flag play unlikely work buddies who, on their lunch   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

IFC Renews Portlandia for 10 More Episodes

Portlandia deathbed

Movies & Television
Good people who put birds on things, rejoice. As reported by pretty much everybody while I was in a PIFF screening, cable's Independent Film Channel has renewed Carrie Brownstein's contract to dumpster-dive into Portland absurdities, renewing the sketch-comedy series Portlandia for a 10-episode second season. But you'll have to wait a while to continue your dream of the '90s: The second season won't ...   More
Monday, February 14, 2011 AARON MESH

Portlandia Premiere Sells Out

Movies & Television
Looks like people really want to see this Portlandia thing. Just hours after WW reported yesterday that the Hollywood Theatre and Beer and Movie were presenting a preview screening of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen's comedy-on-fixies IFC series, the 350 tickets for the Jan. 14 show sold out. (UPDATE, 4:43 pm: Folks at the Hollywood Theatre box office tell me that while screening tickets are ...   More
Friday, January 7, 2011 AARON MESH

Portlandia Debuts on Hulu; Decide for Yourself if It's Funny

Movies & Television
Didn't get a ticket to tonight's Portlandia preview at the Hollywood Theatre? Don't want to wait until next week's premiere on the Independent Film Channel and the Mission Theater? Why not just watch it now, at your desk? IFC, perhaps realizing that not very many people actually have IFC, has released the first episode of the much-buzzed Carrie Brownstein TV show on Hulu. Finally, you can stop ...   More
Friday, January 14, 2011 AARON MESH

Portlandia Premieres Next Friday at Hollywood Theatre (Also, It's the Return of Beer and Movie)

Movies & Television
Portlandia, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's making-fun-of-Portland TV series that perhaps you heard about, debuts on cable's Independent Film Channel on Jan. 21. What's that? You can't wait that long? You want to see the series a full week early? You want to see it on a movie screen, while drinking a beer made specially for the occasion? You want to see two episodes at once? You want to see ...   More
Thursday, January 6, 2011 AARON MESH

Second Portlandia Preview Screening Added at Hollywood Theatre; Colin Meloy Now Playing Afterparty

Movies & Television
The Hollywood Theatre's phones were apparently ringing all through the weekend with people hoping against hope they could somehow get into the sold-out preview screening of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen's Stumptown comedy series Portlandia. Hope triumphs: A second show has been added at 10 pm Friday, Jan. 14. Like the 7:30 pm show, it'll have both episodes of Portlandia, plus stand-up comedy ...   More
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 AARON MESH

Wild Flag, Kicking Ass (with Photo and Video Proof!)

I can't believe I missed the Wild Flag show. No, really: After watching video of the new Portland supergroup play a song called "Future Crimes" five times in a row—and standing up and jeopardizing the whole knee rehab-thing by playing some windmill air guitar in my cubicle—I can safely say that this is the closet thing we're going to get to seeing Sleater-Kinney play in a long time. While ...   More
Monday, November 15, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER


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