<p>Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre</p>

Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre

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Jenny Slate, Gillian Robespierre on 'Obvious Child' and confessional comedy

Women In Film, People In Film

A lot of people have danced in their bedrooms to Paul Simon's "Obvious Child," and told Gillian Robespierre and Jenny Slate so after seeing their film of the same name.

It's the stuff that people find in common with Slate's character Donna -- whether its drinking wine to excess to tend a wounded heart, pants-off dance-offs or pregnancy scares -- that gives the movie its charge. And it's the comedy in every circumstance, even when Donna opts for an abortion, that gives "Obvious Child" its spark.

Calling the Robespierre-directed film an "abortion comedy" is reductive. "Rom-com" isn't quite right either. Its New York setting and Donna's arrested development has caused a lot of critics to lump it in with "Frances Ha," "Broad City" and "Girls"; those assessments just go to show there's not a lot of solid, hilarious coming-of-agers in film or TV that lend humanity and hard-edged wisdom to 20-something independent women.

Ampilified more, then, is the fact that "Obvious Child" was written by women, directed by a woman, led and carried by women. In our conversation this week about the film, Robespierre doesn't dig the term "Women in film," just as Slate isn't a "Woman in comedy." They're the people who know uniquely how to illustrate a POV, what it's like to bomb on stage, dance in their skivvies, fear the moral wrath of their mothers and make drunk fart jokes like everyone else.

Watch our whole interview above. Read more about "SNL" alum Slate and our review of "Obvious Child" here. The film is in theaters now.

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Blood Orange's throwback video for 'You're Not Good Enough'

Blood Orange's throwback video for 'You're Not Good Enough'

Gia Coppola directs, you dance

Blood Orange's album "Cupid Deluxe" was in my Top 10 of 2013, and "You're Not Good Enough" is one of the reasons it was good enough.

Now there's a music video for this catchily depressing (depressingly catchy?) new-wave-n-b single, directed by "Palo Alto" helmer Gia Coppola. Blood Orange kicked in 30 minutes of music for her film, so it looks like the favor was returned.

Throw on some leggings and get to your crunches: this vid takes me back to "Kids Incorporated" and the finale of "Scrooged" in a scrunchy kind of way. Did you know Blood Orange's Dev Hynes can dance like that? You should.

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<p>Lana Del Rey</p>

Lana Del Rey

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Lana Del Rey's new song 'Ultraviolence': Lipstick and corpses

Of the three new songs, which do you like best?

Lana Del Rey has consecrated us with the dirge-like title track from her next album "Ultra Violence" opening with lines like -- among others --  "I was filled with poison / but blessed with beauty and rage," just like we like her.

I'm now going to chew bubble-gum in slow motion, filing my nails over a dead body.

Del Rey's sophomore set "Ultraviolence" is out in less than two weeks, on June 13. It was produced by Dan Auerbach, who recently saw the drop of his band The Black Keys' album "Turn Blue."

Other tracks to be released from "Ultraviolence" so far include "Shades of Cool" and "West Coast," also below. Which song do you like the best so far?

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Washed Out's 'Weightless' music video: Come for the makeout, stay for the story
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Washed Out's 'Weightless' music video: Come for the makeout, stay for the story

Rebuffed romance and window sheers: Washed Out on tour now

The latest music video for Washed Out is all window sheers and cross breezes. It is, in essence, why I wish to be in near-constant proximity to Washed Out, to queue up a makeout at a moment's notice.

This long-form clip, directed by David Altobelli, also has a really beautiful, heart-rending story, about youth, first touch and "unrequited love." Check out the disappearing scars, the times of slow-motion's employ. And do you remember rollerblades? God, do I remember rollerblades, and waking dreamers who were in them.

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Mastodon drops 'Chimes at Midnight' ahead of new 'Once More 'Round the Sun' album release

Mastodon drops 'Chimes at Midnight' ahead of new 'Once More 'Round the Sun' album release

'Once More 'Round the Sun' due later this month

Mastodon has shown two very different sides with the two song releases thus far for forthcoming album "Once More 'Round the Sun." There's the more melodic, mass consumer bent on "High Road," and then there's today's "Chimes at Midnight."

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Exclusive premiere: PUJOL's music video for 'Circles'

Exclusive premiere: PUJOL's music video for 'Circles'

Plus a Q&A on lizard people, 'Kludge' and brand identity

The first thing that struck me about Pujol's album "Kludge" is the mix and the master. The word "confrontational" comes to mind, though the music is actually a really pleasant mix, of garage, psych and '60s pop. Daniel Pujol just has a verve, a bouncy, nervous touch to his set that makes it poke through the cozy carpet.

Digging beyond that, Pujol is singular in his approach to his art, and extending entertainment into a realm of philosophical commentary, a jam-packed lyricism which sometimes reads like a social and cultural deconstruction or manifesto.

But I didn't necessarily expect that, when I first watched the music video for phenomenal single "Circles," directed by Stewart Copeland. The colorful stop-motion clip has the lead singer living out what is surely the dream of all musicians: to have q-tips go in his ears in close view of the camera, to be transformed by lizard people, to be covered in paint.

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<p>Julian Wass</p>

Julian Wass

Exclusive premiere: Julian Wass covers the 'Tootsie' theme for 'The Pretty One'

Fol Chen singer/composer/produces already has a busy summer of soundtracks

I liked Fol Chen's album "The False Alarms," released last year. The band has a real sense of sequence, tempo and placement. They don't beat a chorus to death. (And "A Tourist Town" freaking rules.)

All things that also help to make a good score and soundtrack. Julian Wass knows this. Maybe that's why the Fol Chen band member has already helmed a number of film sounds, his hands full with three scores in just a few scant months this summer.

"The Pretty One" is the latest movie of these, with the film out on VOD tomorrow (June 3); Jenée LaMarque, Wass' wife, directed. For the film, Wass put together a cover of "It Might Be You," the theme from 1982's "Tootsie," an enchanting electronic re-imagining with singer Karryn on the mic.

Speaking on the music for "The Pretty One," Wass said, “Around the same time as we started envisioning the score, Jenée and I showed 'Cinderella' to our then 3 year old daughter for the first time. The song, 'A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes' embodies Cinderella’s character and spirit... I felt that Cinderella and the [lead] character of Laurel had some interesting parallels, so I studied that chord change and melody and used it as inspiration for one of the main themes for the 'The Pretty One.'"

Wass also composed for Tribeca Films' "The Big Ask" with Gillian Jacobs, "Lost for Life" due this summer, the Duplass Brothers' "Do-Deca Pentathalon," Patrick Brice’s forthcoming "The Overnight" and more.

Stream Julian Wass and Karryn's "It Might Be You" below.

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<p>From &quot;Fault in Our Stars&quot;</p>

From "Fault in Our Stars"

Charli XCX's music video goes 'Boom Clap' for 'Fault in Our Stars'

Lots of Shailene Woodley kisses

Undoubtedly, "Fault in Our Stars" fans are gonna feel their heart go "Boom Clap" with the movie's release. Charli XCX's new song is here to just help that whole thing along.

The songwriter/producer dropped the music video for "Boom Clap" today, giving a taste of sweet, fated kisses between Shailene Woodley's Hazel and Ansel Elgort's Gus for the John Boone-directed adaptation. The clip was shot in Amsterdam, which is the same setting as the film.

"Boom Clap" is one of the original songs featured on "The Fault in Our Stars" soundtrack, which is out now ahead of the movie's June 6 release date. The tracklist also includes contributions from Jake Bugg, Ed Sheeran, Ray Lamontagne, Lykke Li, M83 and more. The set bowed at No. 8 on The Billboard 200 and may rise after the film premieres in the U.S.

Charli XCX is helping to lead the singles charts right now with her collaboration on Iggy Azalea's tally-topping "Fancy"; she is currently at work on her second album.

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<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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