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Gym Class Heroes, Tom Morello Reveal New Album Details

June 30, 2008 5:15 PM ET

What do Gym Class Heroes and the Nightwatchman Tom Morello have in common? Not much, other than both artists announced new album details today. For The Quilt, the Gym Class Heroes' third album, the Fueled by Ramen band have recruited top-shelf producers like The-Dream, Cool & Dre and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump. The-Dream produced the album's first single "Cookie Jar," which will be available for digital purchase on July 8th. The Quilt itself is due out September 9th and will feature contributions from guests Busta Rhymes, Estelle and Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates.

Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman, as he's now billed, will release his solo album The Fabled City on September 30th. The Rage Against the Machine guitarist will be joined by System of a Down singer and fellow Axis of Justice member Serj Tankian on the song "Lazarus on Down" and Shooter Jennings on "The Iron Wheel." The Fabled City also reunites Morello with Brendan O'Brien, who produced RATM's Evil Empire and Battle of Los Angeles.

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