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New Beck Album Out this Summer; Vaselines Reunite, Play Sub Pop’s 20th Birthday Bash

The folky slack-rocker preps Danger Mouse-produced record for release. The Scot candy-pop outfit gear up for first-ever U.S. show.

Though no official street date has been announced, Beck will return this summer with his yet-to-be titled follow up to 2006’s The Information. The new album, according to a statement, is a 10-trackset clocking in at just over 30 minutes, and features the production wizardry of none other thanknob-twiddler extraordinaire and Gnarls Barkley mastermind, Brian “Danger Mouse”Burton.

Rampant online speculation states the album could arrive at any time, and may feature contributions from Cat Power.

And on the live front, this summer is a busy one for Beck; In addition toappearances at Seattle’s Bumbershoot, San Francisco’s Outside LandsFestivals, and Austin CityLimits, Mr. Hanson has unveiled a special Sept. 20 gig at the HollywoodBowl with Spoon and MGMT, which is his first headlining show of the season.

Just when you thought the lineup for Sub Pop’s 20th birthday party couldn’t get anybetter, officials drop a bombthe Vaselines! That’sright, the Scottish indie-pop pioneers, best known as a personalfavorite of Kurt Cobain(Nirvana covered many of their tunes, including”Molly’s Lips”), have reunited and will highlight the anniversary fiestawith their first-ever U.S. performance. French punkers Les Thugs andreunited lo-fi indie rockers Eric’s Trip have also been added to the must-see lineup, setto unroll on Marymoor Park (just outside Seattle) July 12 & 13.

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