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The Love Language on the road, again!

Watch a clip of The Love Language on the road, and see them this weekend in DC and New York! Aug 19 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel Aug 20 Brooklyn, NY The Rock Shop Sep 08 Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Music Festival

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Telekinesis announce fall tour dates!

Telekinesis have had a long year of touring in support of their sophomore release 12 Desperate Straight Lines, and they aren’t done yet! The band has just announced fall tour dates with Death Cab for Cutie and The New Pornographers. Telekinesis recently recorded five songs for Reverb’s Mile Marker feature.

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Arcade Fire "The Suburbs" Deluxe release-week giveaways!

Celebrating of the one-year anniversary of The Suburbs in August, Merge will release The Suburbs Deluxe on Tuesday, August 2! A select group of independent record stores are helping to share the excitement with a series of special giveaways during release week.

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Jon Wurster rates Pitchfork Fest

Jon Wurster acted as guest correspondent for WBEZ at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, investigating tour riders, stage outfits, and Porta-Potties. Meanwhile, Mac stopped by XRT's air-conditioned backstage tent to talk to Marty! Watch the interview at 93XRT. And Matt LeMay wrote up key points of the band's set at Pitchfork: Set highlight: "Detroit Has a Skyline" Time before Mac and Laura started pogoing: < 1 minute Unexpected moment of audience exuberance: The opening of "Like a Fool" Average age of audience members freaking out during "Slack Motherfucker": Younger than you might think Song from new album that deserves "instant classic" status as a live cut: "My Gap Feels Weird" Sport defended by Mac McCaughan: Soccer Most frequently overheard remark: "Wow, this band is good." Best song of all time, ever: "Hyper Enough" --Matt LeMay  

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Gary from the Ladybug Transistor plays "Oh Cristina!" live in Spain!

Gary from The Ladybug Transistor was recently on a solo tour of Spain and performed "Oh Cristina!" from Clutching Stems on a Spanish beach with help on guitar from Darren Hanlon. The Ladybug Transistor are currently on tour and will celebrate the release of Clutching Stems in their hometown of Brooklyn at the Knitting Factory on July 6! Order Clutching Stems now on CD or digital download in the Merge store. The Ladybug Transistor on tour: July 06 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory July 07 Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Museum of Art Sculpture Court July 08 Kalamazoo, MI – The Strutt July 09 Madison, WI – UW Madison Union Terrace July 10 Chicago, IL – Schuba’s July 11 North Manchester, IN – The Firehouse (FREE SHOW!) July 12 Cincinnati, OH – Mayday (FREE SHOW!) July 15 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar July 16 Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade July 17 Charlottesville, VA – The Southern Sept 06 Los Angeles, CA – Satellite Sept 07 Santa Barbara, CA – Muddy Waters Sept 08 San Francisco – the Hemlock Tavern Sept 09 Portland, OR – Musicfest NW Sept 10 Seattle, WA – The Comet Tavern

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Let's Wrestle's Wesley Patrick Gonzalez unveils art blog!

Let's Wrestle frontman Wesley Patrick Gonzalez has shown his prowess on the art front by the witty and unusual album and single artwork for the bands' releases as well as Home, the original comic book he created for the release of their new album Nursing Home. Gonzalez has now created a website to collect and showcase all of his drawings and paintings.   More >

Dinosaur Jr. live from the "Bug" Tour

Read the live review of last night's Dinosaur Jr. show at Terminal 5 at the Village Voice's Sound of the City blog & see the setlist and great photos at BrooklynVegan.

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SIGNED DINOSAUR JR LP JACKETS / New in the Merge Web Store

Greetings internet, Please consider this your first update from Jay and Madonna in the Merge Records basement! We're happy to be serving you wonderful people. First things first: to celebrate Dinosaur Jr's Bug tour, we're giving away five signed, Bug LP jackets.

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The Rosebuds "Woods" video & interview!

Directed by Steve Choo, who also directed the title track from 2007's Life Like, "Woods" premiered on Pitchfork today! Kelly & Ivan are currently on the road in support of Loud Planes Fly Low, and recently chatted with Lingua Musica. The Rosebuds on tour: $ with Other Lives # with Bon Iver Jun 17 Oxford MS Proud Larry's $ Jun 18 Birmingham AL The Bottletree $ Jun 19 Little Rock AR Sticky Fingerz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack $ Jun 21 Baton Rouge LA Spanish Moon $ Jun 23 Dallas TX Club DaDa $ Jun 24 Austin TX The Parish $ Jun 25 Houston TX Fitzgerald's Downstairs $ Jun 28 Santa Fe NM Santa Fe Brewing Company $ Jun 29 Tucson AZ Solar Culture $ Jun 30 San Diego CA The Casbah $ Jul 1 Los Angeles CA The Satellite $ Jul 2 Visalia CA Cellar Door $ Jul 5 Santa Barbara CA SoHo Music Club $ Jul 6 San Francisco CA The Independent $ Jul 8 Portland OR Mississippi Studios $ Jul 9 Seattle WA Tractor Tavern $ Jul 10 Bellingham WA The Shakedown $ Jul 12 Vancouver Media Club $ Jul 14 Boise ID The Neurolux $ Jul 15 Salt Lake City UT Urban Lounge $ Jul 16 Denver CO Hi-Dive $ Jul 19 Minneapolis MN 7th Street Entry $ Jul 20 Eau Claire WI House of Rock $ Jul 21 Madison WI UW Union Terrace $ Jul 22 Milwaukee WI Riverside Theater # Jul 23 Milwaukee WI Riverside Theater # Jul 24 Chicago IL Chicago Theatre # Jul 25 Indianapolis IN Murat Theatre # Jul 27 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium # Jul 28 Atlanta GA Cobb Energy PAC # Jul 29 Raleigh NC Raleigh Amphitheater # Jul 30 Richmond VA The National # Aug 1 Washington DC 9:30 Club # Aug 2 Washington DC 9:30 Club # Aug 3 Upper Darby PA Tower Theatre # Aug 5 Boston MA House of Blues # Aug 6 Holyoke MA Mountain Park # Aug 8 Toronto ON The Sound Academy # Aug 9 New York NY United Palace Theatre # Aug 10 Brooklyn NY Celebrate Brooklyn! #

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Wild Flag "Romance" to debut on WFMU Saturday, June 18!

On Saturday, June 18, Terre T and WFMU will debut the first track from Wild Flag's self-titled debut album! Tune in to the Cherry Blossom Clinic on WFMU between 3-6pm Eastern to hear the worldwide premiere of "Romance" in its entirety. You can listen to the Cherry Blossom Clinic live online at WFMU.org or the show's archive at any point after Saturday at 3pm.

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She & Him cover Buddy Holly's "Oh Boy" for new compilation

She & Him contributed a cover of Buddy Holly's "Oh Boy" for a new compilation called Rave On Buddy Holly that will be in stores on June 28. Visit Stereogum for the full track listing and an exclusive stream of She & Him's cover of "Oh Boy." Matt & Zooey worked together on a cover of Buddy Holly's "Rave On" for M.

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Telekinesis on CNN!

Telekinesis' Michael Benjamin Lerner chatted with CNN while at the SXSW Music Festival in March about bad break-ups and other inspirations behind the new record. Click to watch the video interview at CNN.com! Telekinesis are finishing up their second leg of dates supporting 12 Desperate Straight Lines and have added a couple of festival shows coming soon! 12 Desperate Straight Lines is available on CD, LP and digital download in the Merge store. Telekinesis on tour: June 6 Bloomington, IN Russian Recording June 8 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern July 23 Seattle, WA Capitol Hill Block Party Oct 15 Pensacola Beach, FL De Luna Fest

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