If the Dead Weather, Atoms for Peace, and Them Crooked Vultures have taught us anything, it's that the supergroup is back. While it's easy to forget amid the feedback loop of hype and cynicism that accompanies each marquee-name–studded lineup, there's a reason well-known musicians turn to collaborating with their peers: to reignite their creative drive. That's certainly the case with Broken Bells, the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) and singer-guitarist James Mercer of the Shins. Mercer was unsure if he wanted to make a solo record, but he needed time away from the band. As for Burton, who is half of the project Gnarls Barkley and a high-profile producer, he wanted to work on something of his own rather than produce other... More >>>