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James Franco the musician? Actor set to release EP 'Turn It Up' in July

June 9, 2011 | 12:59 pm


Where James Franco finds the time for all of these endeavors is beyond comprehension.

After acting on the big screen and in soap operas, writing, going to school, painting, directing, cutting Brad Renfro’s name into his arm and generally being more awesome than the rest of the world, Franco is now adding "musician" to his resume.

The actor is prepping an EP titled “Turn It Up,” alongside New York performance artist Kalup Linzy. The two have aptly dubbed their outfit Kalup and Franco.

A snippet of one of the album’s tracks, “Broken” surfaced online, and it’s certainly ... different. Franco offers sparse spoken word while Linzy riffs off of him.

Kalup and Franco have performed together for some time now; the two tackled a lounge-y version of “Proud Mary” at an event and Kalup ventured to “General Hospital” to star with Franco, who plays a deranged artist named Franco.

Linzy spoke at length about his partnership with Franco to New York magazine and previewed tracks from the album. which apparently ranges from Motown to New Age to electro-pop.

Clearly vying for the title of Hollywood renassiance man, what is there possibly left for Franco to try?

“Turn It Up” is set for release July 12. Take a listen to “Broken" after the jump:


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Photo: James Franco at the Four Seasons Hotel during a press junket to promote the movie "127 Hours." Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times