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Royal Flush Festival opening night + The Raincoats

Royal Flush Festival opening night + The Raincoats (photo)

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The Raincoats are one of those obscure late 70’s British punk outfits that you’d find on mix tapes made by cool but tumultuous girlfriends back in the 90’s when such things were necessities (the tapes and the girlfriends) but otherwise may never have heard of. If not for Kurt Cobain that is. Champion of the obscure UK band (remember The Vaselines), he helped unearth the all girl band when he lost his mind over meeting Raincoat, Ana da Silva, and wrote about it in Insecticide’s liner notes among other places.

If you’re in NY you can check out The Raincoats, oft referred to as the “Godmothers of grunge,” tomorrow night as part of the Royal Flush Festival at the Knitting Factory. For those elsewhere see below.

Speaking of the Royal Flush Festival, tonight is the opening night at Hiro Ballroom. I’ve already mentioned the film’s playing that I’m fired up about earlier this week, “American Artifact: The Rise of American Rock Poster Art” and “Out of Our Minds.” For those present who are more into the after hours, check the parties and music schedule. Just try not to smell like last night’s vodka if you’re next to me in a screening.

Hey, here’s some links and a Raincoats ditty.

The Raincoats
Royal Flush Festival
Insecticide’s liner notes

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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