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Beck Gets Gnarly for New Album

Beck’s new album is shaping up to be a game of Cat and Mouse.

The Grammy-winning alt-rocker plans to issue his eighth major-label studio album this summer, an as-yet-untitled 10-song set produced by Gnarls Barkley board whiz Danger Mouse and reportedly featuring a guest appearance by indie rocker Cat Power.

The new material clocks in at a concise 30 minutes and is the follow-up to 2006’s The Information, which peaked at No. 7 and sold 380,000 copies.

Beck touted the project on his website, but neither he nor Interscope have announced a specific street date, leading to speculation that it could materialize in stores within the next four to six weeks, not unlike the surprise release of the Raconteurs’ Consolers of the Lonely in March.

The “Where It’s At” crooner also confirmed he’ll be taking to the road this summer.

After a series of shows in Europe, he’s slated to headline a hometown gig Sept. 20 at the Hollywood Bowl with Spoon and MGMT, as well as appear at several festivals, including San Francisco’s Outside Lands, Bumbershoot and Austin City Limits.

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