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'SNL' and 'Portlandia' star Fred Armisen's Eight-Step Guide to Being a Folk-Rock Star -- EXCLUSIVE

In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now, we take a deep dive into the (re)emerging folk-rock boom and its relation to the current obsession with all things banjo’d, suspendered, and artisanally pickled.

To help us define the movement, we commissioned SNL mainstay, Portlandia star, one-time professional drummer, and artisinal-lifestyle expert (see: Portlandia‘s awesome “Dream of the 1890s” sketch) Fred Armisen to provide a playbook.

(And don’t take it too personally, folk fans; he teases because he loves!)

Step 1: Give the genre a name

“What’s this music even called? No one’s given it a name. If it were up to me, it would be called wooden-rock. You know, like it’s made out of wood? Or maybe it’s be the first kind of rock where it’s the word after rock, so maybe it’ll be rock-craft. Banjo-rock? Derby-rock? These are all question marks!”

Step 2: Play the right instrument

“The most important thing is that the case for your instrument is really well taken care of and vintage and of high quality and ornate and comfy-looking. So before you reach out for that banjo or ukulele, make sure that the case is really fuzzy inside and has something written in cursive on the outside. When you hand it to somebody at the airport, it goes without saying that it is extremely delicate. That said, I think you can’t wrong with banjo, and you can’t go wrong with accordion.”

Step 3: Travel in appropriately old-timey style

“I picture caravans of old milk delivery trucks or newspaper trucks from say the ‘30s. Or maybe an old city bus from 1951 in St. Louis.” READ FULL STORY

Fred Armisen and ?uestlove have a drum-off on 'Fallon' - VIDEO

Saturday Night Live‘s Fred Armisen famously costars with indie-rock luminary Carrie Brownstein (ex member of riot girl icons Sleater-Kinney and current guitiarist in Wild Flag) on Portlandia, which returns to IFC this Friday, but he famously has his own indie-rock bona fides, which he showed off last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Armisen has actually demonstrated off his drumming skills in the past, and on Fallon, he went toe-to-toe hitting skins with the show’s bandleader Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson.

Armisen held his own against the imposing Root —check it out for yourself below.  READ FULL STORY

The Decemberists play for 'The Simpsons' -- Watch it here

What do a Portland folk rock band and Homer Simpson have in common? Nothing! And that’s the point.

The Decemberists, those NPR-approved bespectacled troubadours, made a brief appearance in last night’s episode of The Simpsons as Springfield Elementary’s new music teachers.

The episode revolved around a family from Portland — played, of course, by Portlandia‘s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein — who move to Springfield and inspire a plaid-and-mustachioed makeover throughout the city.

So when Springfield Elementary briefly transforms into the “Springfield Charter Co-Op Experiment,” Colin Meloy and co. naturally turn up to impart their singular knowledge of “press gangs and infanticide.”

Watch the clip after the jump. READ FULL STORY

TV Jukebox: 'Portlandia,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Awake' and more music-on-TV moments

Canoe dancing, cocaine overdoses, and car crashes were just some of TV’s strange scenarios made momentous by music these past two weeks. As some shows concluded their seasons, and others just got started, we found “show tunes” from past Jukebox favorites A Gifted Man, Parenthood, Cougar Town, Hawaii Five-0, The Lying Game, and New Girl, plus new entries from Eastbound and DownJustified, Portlandia, Jane By Design, The Walking DeadAwake, and the British version of Being Human. Check out our picks below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

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