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Lights On’s “We Live Underground”

Lights On’s “We Live Underground” (photo)

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I have an old habit of keeping a eye out for keywords that reference The Velvet Underground when filtering through the colossal amount of new band releases. It’s useful in finding music that I’ll not only have an interest in, but can be assured the band in question has good taste.

San Diego’s Lights On set off two flags; the obvious being the “U” word in the title of this song/video they just released. As you’ll see, that has more to do with a kind of cold war bunker mentality than it has to do with Lou Reed. But, the second, and maybe less obvious, is the title of their debut record, “Here Comes The Ocean” — which any self-respecting VU aficionado would know is a line repeated in the VU’s song, “Ocean.”

Now that we’ve established that, Lights On don’t sound much like the VU at all, but like a thousand other talented bands that have taken their cues from the band someone once called, the psychopath’s Rolling Stones, they took something more intangible from them, a vibe, and ran with it.

It’s safe to say these guys listen to a ton of Modern Lovers, The Smiths, and Echo and the Bunnymen, whose vocals echo in what much of singer Tim Hines is styling on “Here Comes The Ocean.” The odd track, “We Live Underground” is filthier, tougher, and sounds more like something The Electric Prunes may have jammed in ’67 — if they were a bit stiffer and paranoid out of their goddamn minds.

Also Listen to Lights On: “Red Lights Flashing.”

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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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