Ring Tones

Danger Mouse and the Shins' James Mercer break bells together

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Mercer, left, and Burton mix genres to create their own.

The genre-defying artist known as Danger Mouse has spent much of his career jumping from one successful project to another. He created the brilliant Beatles-Jay-Z Grey Album mashup in 2004, he formed Gnarls Barkley and Dangerdoom, and he's produced albums by artists such as Gorillaz and Beck. But Danger Mouse (whose real name is Brian Burton) is quick to point out that his latest collaboration, with Shins front man James Mercer, isn't a one-time experiment. He and Mercer have formed a fully realized band, Broken Bells, and their first album — also called Broken Bells — comes out March 9....

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