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Q&A: Santigold talks staying ahead of the curve

Q&A: Santigold talks staying ahead of the curve

When Santi White, aka Santigold, released her debut album in 2008, she earned comparisons to another forward-thinking sonic provocateur: M.I.A.

Four years and a second album (last month's "Master of My Make-Believe") later, Santigold has eclipsed any similarities to ... well, anyone. Her blending of sounds — driving beats intersect with ska, reggae and punk touchstones, all delivered in a slick, danceable package — has made her brand of jittery pop wholly her own.

Santigold, who performs Tuesday at Rams Head Live, spoke recently about beating...

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