<p>Liv LeMoyne, Mira Barkhammar and Mira Grosin from &quot;We Are the Best&quot;</p>

Liv LeMoyne, Mira Barkhammar and Mira Grosin from "We Are the Best"

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'We Are the Best' exclusive clip: The prettiest, punk-est girls in town

This is what first band rehearsals should always be like

I had more compassion for the 13-year-old version of myself after watching the movie "We Are The Best!"

The Swedish film centers on middle school-aged girls who, even after the punk era has seemingly crested in the early '80s, decide to start a punk band. Their bedrooms are lined with posters of the records and bands they like, they disappear into records when their parents annoy them or let them down. They lust after the boys featured in music mags (even though they scarcely know what lust even is) as much as they'd like to compete with them on stage.

"We Are the Best!" is a merciful and subtly celebratory portrait of the goof-toothed age of girls, when friendships start forming around the things you can't stand as much as the things you love, when your personality is defined by group view and your own rebellion within that crew... and by your hair, and makeup and your independence to wield all of the above like weapons.

In the exclusive clip above, the problem for these Stockholm kids Bobo and Klara -- as it is for so many budding bands -- is that they can't play anything. They don't own instruments, they have no songs. The guitar-wielding bro-dudes at the rec center just took the wind out of their sails by mocking the girls' looks, the mohawked, socially awkward "prettiest girls in town." 

They take the power back by using good old-fashioned bureaucracy: they reserved the rehearsal room out from under their hecklers. As the latter files out of the room, the girls suppress laughter, and then they get to work making noise.

Overall, the flick is recommended watching for everyone in need of some good, hearty racket, tweens and beyond. "We Are the Best!" -- directed by Lukas Moodysson and starring the phenomenal Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv Lemoyne -- opens Friday (May 30).

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<p>Schoolboy Q</p>

Schoolboy Q

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Watch Schoolboy Q learn the 'Hoover Street' life in new music video

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Haven't you ever dreamed of casting the childhood version of yourself?

Schoolboy Q has released a very on-the-nose video to his track "Hoover Street," off of the rapper's breakout album "Oxymoron."

And you know what's OK? That it's that kind of illustrative. Instead of rags-to-riches, Q keeps his focus on growing up in gangland, in South Central L.A. While he rhymes about roaches in his cereal and his loved ones' commitment to crime, he also goes more personal, with a nod to his grandma and the shock of seeing his first gun.

The whole album is tough, give the 2014 set a spin, and check out other vids like "What They Want" and "Break the Bank."

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<p>Andrew Garfield in &quot;We Exist&quot;</p>

Andrew Garfield in "We Exist"

Andrew Garfield dresses up for Arcade Fire's 'We Exist' video: Watch the teaser

The 'Amazing Spider-Man' actor appeared in women's clothes for the band's Coachella performance

A couple of weeks ago, Andrew Garfield showed up to Arcade Fire's Coachella Weekend 2 gig in a dress and a wig.

Now we have some better idea what that was for.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" actor -- whose movie opened in theaters today -- appears in the first teaser for Arcade Fire's video for "We Exist." Flashes of Garfield shearing his hair and gripping his head in front of a mirror weave between footage of him nervously walking down the barricaded path that leads to the main stage at the music festival. In the latter scenes, he's wearing a white dress, with a face full of makeup.

Win Butler has said that the song "We Exist," the next single from Arcade Fire's latest album "Reflektor," is about a son telling his father that he's gay. At Coachella, the band sprung into the song with Butler intro'ing: "The right to marry anyone you want is a human rights issue."

We don't know if Garfield's character is trans, or prefers crossdressing, or if he's even the "son" in the song. But it looks like some strong messaging is on it's way.

Arcade Fire's tour and festival dates are below. Garfield hosts "Saturday Night Live" tomorrow night (May 3).

May 02    Atlanta, GA
May 04    New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival    New Orleans, LA
May 29    Primavera Sound Festival    Barcelona, Spain
May 31    Rock In Rio    Lisbon, Portugal
Jun 03        Paris, France
Jun 04        Paris, France
Jun 06        London, United Kingdom
Jun 07        London, United Kingdom
Jun 09        Landgraaf, Netherlands
Jun 10        Merksem, Belgium
Jun 12        Norwegian Wood Festival    Oslo, Norway
Jun 15        Northside Festival    Aarhus, Denmark
Jun 17        Dresden, Germany
Jun 18        Berlin, Germany
Jun 20        Hurricane Festival     Scheessel, Germany
Jun 20        Southside Festival    Tuttlingen, Germany
Jun 23        Rock In Roma    Rome Rm, Italy
Jun 24        Verona    Verona, Italy
Jun 29        Dublin    Dublin, Ireland
Jul 25        Fuji Rock    Niigata, Japan
Jul 30        Mountain View, CA
Aug 01        Los Angeles, CA
Aug 02        Los Angeles, CA
Aug 05        San Diego, CA
Aug 08        Seattle, WA
Aug 09        Squamish Valley Festival    Squamish, Canada
Aug 11        Edmonton, Canada
Aug 12        Calgary, Canada
Aug 14        Winnipeg, Canada
Aug 17        Washington, DC
Aug 19        Mansfield, MA
Aug 20        Bangor, ME
Aug 22        Brooklyn, NY
Aug 23        Brooklyn, NY
Aug 24        Brooklyn, NY
Aug 26        Chicago, IL
Aug 27        Chicago, IL
Aug 29        Toronto, Canada
Aug 30        Montreal, Canada

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<p>An image from SFX&#39;s TomorrowWorld festival</p>

An image from SFX's TomorrowWorld festival

Credit: SFX

Simon Cowell is launching that DJ talent show you wanted

Will it be the EDM version of 'American Idol?'

You know what's missing from the DJ and producer world? What the EDM and dance scene could really use? An "American Idol"-style talent show.

Or at least that's a gap that Simon Cowell and SFX is hoping to fill with their new series, "Ultimate DJ." In a press release,  the "The X Factor" creator's production company Syco announced a partnership with electronic music promoter and events giant SFX and T-Mobile for an "innovative electronic music competition to showcase fresh new DJ/producer talent and creative production skills."

“We have been developing this concept for a while but our partnership with SFX has been a real game-changer for this format. It made complete sense for us to collaborate with SFX with their access to the best up-and-coming DJs and their great marketing platform to build new DJ talent," Cowell said in a statement.

"Up-and-comers" will be submitting dance mixes to the series; the T-Mobile angle will help enable users, er, fans to vote on their favorite tunes and launching contestants in the limelight to compete at live events -- SFX's specialty.

How a competition like this works in a reality series setting remains to be seen: DJs don't necessarily step to a deck like a singer would a microphone, nor do judges have the same criteria as a singing show. But the global reach of EDM and electronic music culture is apparently now up for a vote, and coming to a digital device near you.

"Ultimate DJ" will be launched online initially. No television networks have picked it up yet, which may indicate that TV doesn't know how this all shakes out, either

SFX is behind popular electronic dance music events like TomorrowWorld, Electric Zoo, Rock in Rio, Mayday, Decibel and Q-Dance. So at the very least, they know how to put on a show, even when the competitors may fall flat.

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<p>Tyler Glenn</p>

Tyler Glenn

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Tyler Glenn talks Neon Trees' new album 'Pop Psychology' and coming out of the closet

To those still afraid: 'Tweet me if you need a friend'

LOS ANGELES - Neon Trees' new album "Pop Psychology" drops today, and just a month ago, frontman Tyler Glenn came out as gay. According to Glenn, fans are going to hear a lot of intersection of the latter in the former.

Speaking to me from the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards this month, Glenn said that a lot of lyrics from "Pop Psychology" came from "therapy sessions... it feels very cathartic."

His advice to those who are closeted is that "it's OK to be scared" though "it's the best thing I've done in a long time."

"I know how it feels," Glenn continued. "Tweet me if you need a friend."

Watch the rest of the video above for Glenn's tips on keeping your voice and watching out for those hard-partying nights.

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<p>Kermit, remixed</p>

Kermit, remixed

Credit: Disney

Exclusive premiere: Shy Kidx's EDM remix of 'The Muppets Show' theme

Go bananas to this wild ride and others on Disney remix album 'Dconstructed'

For the Muppets fan who could use their beloved characters in neon hues, we bring you Shy Kidx's remix of "The Muppets Show" theme song.

Today (April 22), Disney released a whole album called "Dconstructed," packed to the brim of playful EDM reduxes of their powerhouse back catalog. You, too, can go bananas to versions of "Circle of Life," "You’ve Got a Friend in Me" and more from DJs and producers like Kaskade, Armin Van Buuren and U.N.K.L.E.

Back to Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang: try and name every character in the video below, which includes never-before-seen Muppets footage.

And then get up and walk in straight line. Use handrails if you have to.

“The Muppet Show Theme” (Shy Kidx Remix), "Dconstructed" and Shy Kidx's EP "Orion" (Epitaph) are out now.

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'Afflicted' actors Derek Lee and Clif Prowse on what's wrong with monster movies

'Afflicted' actors Derek Lee and Clif Prowse on what's wrong with monster movies

Bad angles, scary pictures: Co-directors talk what makes found footage films work

With a title like "Afflicted," and the skin-crawling movie posters that have accompanied, there's no question a creature is coming.

But for "Afflicted" co-stars/co-directors Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, it's all about the timing and emotional expenditure to get to that first true scare in their horror film.

It was back in late 2013 that I talked to longtime friends and collaborators Lee and Prowse, as they took their small budget film to genre-loving Fantastic Fest in Austin. On film, they happen to also play filmmaking friends Derek and Cliff, who travel overseas and are suddenly sidelined by a newly contracted health condition.

It was just this past week the pair finally unleashed their found footage/documentary-style film into theaters, on a small enough scale that the film's greatest thrills and even its central creature have not been spoiled, to some degree.

Below, however, are some spoilers. Check out what Lee and Prowse had to say about their budget, the makeup, making found footage work and why vampires are still a lasting legend in the movie-making world.

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<p>RZA</p>

RZA

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RZA on Wu-Tang's $5 million-plus secret album, and why 'Tomorrow' won't be easy

Preparation on 'A Better Tomorrow' is 'a stumbling block'

LOS ANGELES - RZA may be out and about promoting his film "Brick Mansions" co-starring the late Paul Walker, but it's clear that the rapper/director/actor/producer is also in full-promo mode for the couple of projects Wu-Tang Clan has in the hopper.

Most recently, RZA announced that the hip-hop group had spent the last six years secretly recording the album "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin," of which only a single copy will be released, and to the highest bidder. The album will be encased in original silver-and-nickel box designed by artist Yahya and is intended -- in RZA's words -- as a work of art; whoever ends up purchasing it can do with it whatever he or she wants, whether hold it in a private collection or release it somehow for public consumption or otherwise. Curious fans will hopefully be able to listen to "Shaolin" like they would view a touring piece of art or artifacts: in museums and galleries, and for a price.

In the meantime, the MC admitted the Wu's 20th anniversary album "A Better Tomorrow" has undergone a number of delays, and it's currently (and very tentatively) slated for release this summer. RZA's mentioned in other reports that the participation of Raekwon among other members has been dodgy.

But, yes, the whole crew is present and accounted for on "Once Upon a Time..." RZA told me in our video interview, though recording it was a vastly different experience than laying down "A Better Tomorrow."

Below is an abridged transcription of RZA's response to what Wu-Tang Clan's participation was like for "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin," and what he hopes to achieve with its rare release:

I think the secrecy of that project allowed it to be fulfilled. I think the openness of "A Better Tomorrow" is gonna be a stumbling block. Which is weird, but it is part of the dynamic of my crew.

Most people, if you offer them medicine, they won't take it. You gotta put it in their food. And "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" was like the medicine was put into the food. "A Better Tomorrow is like, "Yo, you need this" and "Nah, I don't need it." That's the analogy I will give it.

I will say "A Better Tomorrow" isn't only for us, it's for the people, for the world... that's what that concept is. "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" is a dream of a fan. People always ask me "How did it feel to make 'The Man with the Iron Fists,' to have Gordon Liu in your movie and T-Kwan [Thomas Chow Wai Kwan] and Quentin Tarantino all around you?' I'm fan of these people. That's the greatest feeling, [as] a fan to finally realize his dream and to meet the people he admired become his peers.

"Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" is that story ... more than anything, it ain't that people gotta raise money. The price of something is because of the rarity of it. But the idea of music being art, of music being a work of art, and a piece of art... people are responding more to the artistic value of it more than the number value.

Of course the number value is gonna be whatever. I've sold an album for $5 million before. I sold "Bobby Digital," I had a $5 million budget. "Wu-Tang Forever" is nothing new, getting a lot of money. It's about now appreciating art for what it is. That's what's been missing. We've become entitled.

Here we have a movie, "Brick Mansions." It took years to make, and for actors, you're talking 60 to 70 days schedule, some away from your families. Guys risking their lives jumping of roof. Millions of dollars spent, thousands of hours... and a person now gets to enjoy all this for $10 to $12. Why try to get it for free? If you keep getting it for free, how can we make another one? You don't want music, then say that. And we'll stop. That's something I'm really adamant about, fans of music and film will realize that as they legally consume, it's gonna bring back the output.

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'Portlandia' interview: 11 fun facts on Jeff Tweedy, Season 4, 'Seth Meyers' and more

'Portlandia' interview: 11 fun facts on Jeff Tweedy, Season 4, 'Seth Meyers' and more

Sleater-Kinney guitarist is toying with new music

Just as the new fourth season of "Portlandia" was gearing up, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen were making the rounds at South By Southwest.

Armisen had only recently been named as the house band leader for "Late Night with Seth Meyers," reuniting the two "Saturday Night Live" cohorts for another late-night adventure.

A different reunion may run across the minds of Sleater-Kinney fans, who saw video of the band back together playing "Keep on Rockin' in the Free World" with Neil Young last fall. After our interview at SXSW, Brownstein didn't indicate if the trio was set to come together again. But that doesn't mean she isn't playing music...

As another new ep of "Portlandia" rolls out tonight, here are 10 fun facts that came out of our interview to keep in mind.

1. Apparently, Armisen and Brownstein are incapable of getting sick of each other. Plus, "We don't see each other all the time, we only shoot six months out of the year," the latter smiled.

2. Armisen said that the duo consciously cut recurring arcs to be a little shorter in Season 4, so audiences would be able to watch shows more out of order without getting too lost.

3. "Portlandia" has always been blessed with a big number of surprising (and surprisingly funny) guest stars, but it's not a matter of crossing names off of a list. Brownstein says that often, actors and artists reach out to them because they're fans of the show, and if the fit's good and timing works out, then something "wonderful" always seems to happen

4. The most magic from a guest star so far -- or at least in this season -- is from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, who stars in tonight's episode. "We didn't know how the sketch was gonna end," they conceded and yet the fire alarm story seemed to anchor his whole bit.

5. Speaking of tonight's show, the characters Peter and Nance have come back, circling around on Peter's old band The Bahama Knights and their hit song, which has become one of Brownstein and Armisten's favorite original jams from the series.

6. "Portlandia" is now even more scripted than before. Brownstein says "the more infrastructure in a scene or sketch, the more we can improvise." It's just good for the actors to know that there's an actual, planned ending to each.

7. When fans come up to them in public to quote their favorite lines, "it's between 'Cacao' and 'Put a bird on it,'" though Armisen also hears quite a few "A-O Rivers."

8. Yes, they have some current events and Portland hipster idiosyncrasies that they simply can't their way into to make funny.

9. Armisen on putting the very talented band for "Late Night..." together: he made sure that every member "wanted to do it" that each was "in a place in their lives that were ready to do it, and ready to give a lot.... any show asks a lot."

10. Brownstein is working on some music of her own. "I'm doing a little music right now but I don't know what's going to come of it," not indicating if it'd be for her own project, for Wild Flag, S-K or beyond. Armisen and she are finding "engaging" with new music disheartening at times, but...

11. ... she likes records by Run the Jewels, King Krule, War on Drugs and Angel Olsen. (Good gets, Secretly Canadian, Fool's Gold, XL and Dead Oceans). Between the two, they're big on guitarists and songwriters St. Vincent and Marnie Stern. And, literally, to the rock group Real Estate, Brownstein beamed "What a band!" 

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<p>NEEDTOBREATHE</p>

NEEDTOBREATHE

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Exclusive: NEEDTOBREATHE's new song 'Feet Don't Fail Me Now'

From rock act's forthcoming album 'Rivers in the Wasteland'

The title to Needtobreathe's "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" is also fair request: those feet will be set to stomping in this new song.

This HitFix exclusive track premiere is from the Southern-hued rockers' forthcoming album "Rivers in the Wasteland," due on April 15.

"'Feet Don't fail me now' is what we like to call 'maraca rock.' There is a constant pace to the song that makes you feel like you're running from something," said band founders Bear and Bo Rinehart in a statement on the song, which is "about youth, ambition and fear of failure set to the soundtrack of a car chase. There's even a ZZ Top/'Knight Rider' moment in there that we're very proud of."

Leading up to the release of "Rivers in the Wasteland," Needtobreathe is dropping a song per day. In addition to "Feet" below, listen to what else the South Carolinians have in store on their website, which so far is a mix of chaos, beauty, simplicity, noise and emotion.

The relentlessly touring band is also likely headed to a town near you: dates are below.

Here are NEEDTOBREATHE's tour dates:

     Apr 16        In-Store @ Fingerprints Music    Long Beach, CA
     Apr 19        Grimey's    Nashville, TN
     Apr 19        Grand Ole Opry    Nashville, TN
     May 01    Gillioz Theatre    Springfield, MO
     May 02    Brady Theater    Tulsa, OK
     May 03    Suburbia Music Festival    Plano, TX
     May 05    Marquee Theatre    Phoenix, AZ
     May 06    The Wiltern    Los Angeles, CA
     May 07    The Fillmore    San Francisco, CA
     May 09    Neptune Theatre    Seattle, WA
     May 10    Neptune Theatre    Seattle, WA
     May 11    Vogue Theatre    Vancouver, Canada
     May 14    The Fillmore    Denver, CO
     May 15    Uptown Theatre    Kansas City, MO
     May 16    Hangout Festival    Gulf Shores, AL
     May 31    The Tabernacle    Atlanta, GA
     Jun 01        The Tabernacle    Atlanta, GA
     Jun 03        Stage AE    Pittsburgh, PA
     Jun 04        Ichthus Festival    Lexington, KY
     Jun 05        House of Blues     Cleveland, OH
     Jun 06        Murat Theatre    Indianapolis, IN
     Jun 08        Pabst Theater    Milwaukee, WI
     Jun 10        Simon Estes    Des Moines, IA
     Jun 12        Skyway Theatre    Minneapolis, MN
     Jun 13        The Pageant    St Louis, MO
     Jun 14        House of Blues     Chicago, IL
     Jun 15        House of Blues     Chicago, IL
     Jun 17        Town Ballroom    Buffalo, NY
     Jun 19        Danforth Theatre    Toronto, Canada
     Jun 20        The Fillmore    Detroit, MI
     Jun 21        Meijer Gardens    Grand Rapids, MI
     Jun 25        Creation NE    Mt Union, PA
     Aug 16        DownPour Festival    Great Falls, MT

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