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Exclusive Track Premiere: Y La Bamba “Viuda Encabronada”

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Sometimes you just know that a band is destined for big things. Such is the case with Y La Bamba, a Portland, Or.,-based group that is poised for a break-out year with a heavy tour schedule and a new album, “Court the Storm,” about to hit the shelves and flood the airways. The band, led by the dreamily powerful voice of Luz Elena Mendoza, combines indie rock and alt-folk with traditional Mexican music to create a sound that is uniquely their own, yet evocative of a complex musical history that reaches back centuries.

The songs layers cumbia beats over a quiet indie roar and soaring vocals, to create a depth of sound that other bands would trade their skinny jeans for. The combination of muted accordion, steady drum beats, and earthy harmonizing feels like you’ve stumbled on the love child of The Decemberists, Stevie Nicks, Molotov and Cafe Tacuba. One listen and you’ll realize the buzz around this band is well deserved.

Their new album “Court the Storm” was produced by Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin and features Neko Case on the title track and is in stores now, but if you want the album for free hop on Twitter before 11:59 a.m. PST. Here are the instructions: Follow @YLaBamba and use the hashtag #courtthestorm to get their new album featuring @NekoCase for free. That’s right, full album for free. The offer expires at 11:59pm PST

We are thrilled to premiere their track “Viuda Encabronada”. LISTEN:



Plus, watch the video for their previously unreleased track “My Love Is A Forest Fire,” directed and edited by Dugan O’Neal:

Y LA BAMBA “MY LOVE IS A FOREST FIRE” from Dugan O'Neal on Vimeo.

Band photo: (Credit to Ingrid Renan)

Catch Y La Bamba on tour so you can say you saw them before they were huge:

03/04 PORTLAND, OR @ Music Millenium
03/09 ASHLAND, OR @ Alex’s
03/10 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Brick and Morter
03/11 SANTA BARBARA @ Soho
03/14 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / Red Eyed Fly (IODA Party)
03/14 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / The Grackle (PDX Party)
03/15 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / Guero’s (Mike Galaxy Presents 13th Annual Day Party)
03/16 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / Soular Food Garden (Fiesta Red Indie Fiesta)
03/17 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / Maison d’Etoile (Kevchino.com Showcase)
03/17 AUSTIN, TX @ SXSW / Maggie Mae’s (TLE/Antenna Farm/Self Group Official Showcase)
03/20 PHOENIX, TX @ Crescent Ballroom
03/21 SAN DIEGO, CA @ The Casbah*
03/22 LOS ANGELES, CA @ Hotel Cafe*
03/24 SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Cafe du Nord*
03/25 SANTA CRUZ, CA @ The Crepe Place*
03/26 MONTEREY BAY, CA @ Alternative Cafe
03/29 EUGENE, OR @ Axe & Fiddle*
03/31 SEATTLE, WA @ Neumos*
04/01 VANCOUVER, BC @ Media Club*
04/21 PORTLAND, OR @ Doug Fir (Album Release Show)
05/12 PORTLAND, OR @ Left Bank Annex (P:EAR Benefit)
05/20-05/26 PORTLAND, OR @ Al’s Den (Luzelena Mendoza Solo Residency)
*w/The Lumineers

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…