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Amanda Palmer Announces New Album, Launches Kickstarter Fund-Raising Campaign

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Speaking of musical Wesleyan alumni from the class of 1998, Amanda Palmer today announced a new album and a Kickstarter fund-raising campaign that raked in more than 100,000 in its first seven hours.

The yet-to-be-titled album is Palmer’s first new studio release in four years “, and her first with her new backing band, the Grand Theft Orchestra. And it’s not just music: in addition to the album, the project features “a visual art exhibit featuring 30 visual artists who have created work inspired by the album,” including her husband, Neil Gaiman, along with Shepherd Fairey and Robyn Hitchcock.

Palmer will perform in a handful of major markets in conjunction with pop-up exhibits of the art, and while she’s not hitting Connecticut, the former Dresden Dolls singer will be in New York June 27 and Boston Aug. 2. She also promises she’ll be “touring it across the globe ALL year,” so expect more live dates to come.

Kickstarter contributions will help fund the independent worldwide release of the album and art book, and depending on how much you fork over, your reward can range from a digital download ($1) to a portrait of yourself painted by Palmer in a session that includes dinner and wine ($10,000). Click here for details.

Album Review: Santigold’s ‘Master of My Make-Believe’

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Wesleyan alumna Santigold performs Friday, March 16, in Austin, Texas, at Spin magazine's Spinn@Stubbs party.

Santi White didn’t intend to wait so long before releasing the follow-up to her 2008 debut, but it took her a while to adjust to the buzz that washed over “Santogold.”

The hype was deserved: “Santogold” was a forward-looking album that ignored genre distinctions, mixing electro, new-wave and post-punk into a dazzling hybrid, which led to tours with Coldplay and Kanye West. She doesn’t change her sound so much as refine it on “Master of My Make-Believe” (Atlantic), the long-awaited follow-up.

Now performing as Santigold (there were legal complications), the Wesleyan alumna works with a genre-spanning array of collaborators, including musical partner John Hill, Diplo, Switch, Q-Tip and members of TV On the Radio and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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Santigold In Vivid Form At Spin Magazine SXSW Party

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Wesleyan alumna Santigold performs Friday, March 16, at Spin magazine's Spinn@Stubbs party.

AUSTIN, Texas — After far too long an absence, electro-rock powerhouse Santigold is back in full force at this year’s South by Southwest festival.

The singer, a Wesleyan alumna, releases her first album in four years in May, and she mixed new songs with tunes from her 2008 debut during a performance Friday at Spin magazine’s annual Spin@Stubbs day party.

She was in vivid form.

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Santigold Returns With Free Song, Video From New Album

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Wesleyan alumna Santi White, aka Santigold, releases her second album this spring. (Photo by Sean Thomas)

And she’s back: singer, songwriter and producer Santigold finally has a new album due this spring, and the Wesleyan alumna, known to her professors and dorm mates as Santi White, is previewing it with a free mp3 and new video.

The album, “Master of My Make Believe,” follows up her outstanding 2008 debut, “Santogold” (she altered her name soon thereafter to avoid legal complications). Although she made a splash that year at South by Southwest, and opened for the likes of Coldplay in Hartford, she’s been laying relatively low in the interim.

The new song, “Big Mouth,” piles up layers of jittery electronics over a booming beat, and rolls through several distinct vocal sections as White scoffs at loud mouths who talk trash. Grab the song here for free in exchange for your e-mail address.