Merge 25

Merge Records is turning 25! All throughout 2014, we're celebrating with special events and releases. Make sure to check back here for all the latest anniversary details.

Duke Performances Concert Series

Merge continues its 25th anniversary celebrations this summer by teaming up with Duke Performances for their popular Music in the Gardens series. Taking place throughout the months of June and July, the series invites local bands and musicians in the national spotlight to play at various venues on the Duke University campus. This year, they have extended that reach to include artists on neighboring Durham-based label Merge Records.

Among the Merge artists slated to appear at Duke’s Baldwin Auditorium are Lambchopperforming their iconic album Nixon front to backin addition to William Tyler, Mount Moriah, Stephin Merritt,and Mark Eitzel. The historic venue has recently reopened after a two-year renovation and will serve as the perfect backdrop for these special shows.

For family-friendly outdoor concerts, join Merge artists King Khan & the Shrines, the newly signed Spider Bags, The Rosebuds, Richard Buckner, and Portastatic for the Music in the Gardens series. These shows will take place in the beautiful Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics are encouraged for these performances, and food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

Tickets for these concerts will go on sale Tuesday, April 22, and may be purchased online at dukeperformances.org or by phone at (919) 684-4444. Duke Gardens tickets are $13 general / $10 Duke students and employees / free for ages 12 & under. Baldwin Auditorium tickets are $35 general / $10 Duke students.

Tuesday, June 3, at 7pm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
King Khan & the Shrines

Wednesday, June 18, at 7pm 
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
Spider Bags

Wednesday, June 25, at 7pm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
The Rosebuds

Wednesday, July 9, at 7pm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
Richard Buckner

Wednesday, July 16, at 7pm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
Portastatic

Wednesday, July 23, at 7:30pm
Baldwin Auditorium, Durham, NC
Lambchop performs Nixon
Mount Moriah
William Tyler

Wednesday, July 30, at 7:30pm
Baldwin Auditorium, Durham, NC
Stephin Merritt
Mark Eitzel

Merge 25 Festival

Merge Records invites you to North Carolina to help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary at Merge 25, a music festival featuring Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, The Love Language, and many more. 

Tickets for the individual Merge 25 shows at the Cat's Cradle & the outdoor party in Carrboro on sale now via the Cat's Cradle website.

Full festival line-up has been announced!

Wednesday, July 23, at Baldwin Auditorium, Durham, NC
$35 – tickets on sale April 22 via Duke Performances

  • Lambchop performs Nixon
  • Mount Moriah
  • William Tyler

Thursday, July 24, at Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
$49 – SOLD OUT

  • Superchunk
  • Reigning Sound
  • The Rock*A*Teens
  • The Clientele
  • Telekinesis
  • Eleanor Friedberger
  • Amor de Días
  • Hiss Golden Messenger

Friday, July 25, at Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
$49 – SOLD OUT

  • Destroyer
  • Wye Oak
  • The Mountain Goats
  • David Kilgour & the Heavy 8s
  • Imperial Teen
  • Hospitality
  • Saint Rich
  • Vertical Scratchers

Saturday, July 26, in Carrboro, NC (outdoor party)
$59 through June 1 / $65 thereafter

  • Neutral Milk Hotel
  • Caribou
  • Teenage Fanclub
  • Bob Mould
  • Mikal Cronin
  • Ex Hex
  • The Love Language
  • The Music Tapes

There are still a limited number of tickets available for the Thursday Cat's Cradle show, while a larger number are available for the outdoor show. Tickets to the Baldwin Auditorium show will go on sale Tuesday, April 22, through Duke Performances.

Merge 25 Reissues

To celebrate our 25th anniversary, Merge will be reissuing classic albums from our back catalog each month throughout 2014. Stay tuned as we announce more shiny reissues from the Merge vaults!

(follow the links to the Merge store for more information on bonus material and available formats)

Or Thousands Of Prizes

Merge Records will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014, and we are planning a year-long celebration beginning with Or Thousands of Prizes, a snapshot of Merge at 25 that will unfold over the course of the year. A subscription-based, bonus-filled box set celebrating Merge’s twenty-fifth anniversary, Or Thousands of Prizes will include twelve 7-inches (split singles, mostly) on colored vinyl featuring exclusive, newly recorded tracks from 25 Merge artists including Superchunk, Mikal Cronin, Mount Moriah, The Mountain Goats, The Clientele, Destroyer, King Khan & the Shrines, Lambchop, and more.

Merge 25k Road Race

The first event of our 25th anniversary year was the Merge 25K—a 25 km (15.5 miles) road race on Saturday, March 22, 2014. We had a great time and hosted a slam-bang finish line party with fun for the whole family! The first point-to-point race of its kind, participants ran from Chapel Hill, NC, where Merge had its beginnings, and raced to the finish in our current home of downtown Durham. Thanks to the over 800 registrants and our generous sponsors, we were able to raise significant donations for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and Habitat for Humanity of Durham and Orange County while marking the momentous occasion of 25 years of releasing great music from our home base in North Carolina. 

For race results, visit our race page.

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Merge 25: Duke Performances Concert Series Announced!

Merge Records continues its 25th anniversary celebration this summer by teaming up with Duke Performances for their popular Music in the Gardens series. Taking place throughout the months of June and July, the series invites local bands and musicians in the national spotlight to play at various venues on the Duke University campus. This year, they have extended that reach to include artists on neighboring Durham-based label Merge Records.

Among the Merge artists slated to appear at Duke’s Baldwin Auditorium are Lambchopperforming their iconic album Nixon front to backin addition to William Tyler, Mount Moriah, Stephin Merritt, and Mark Eitzel. The historic venue has recently reopened after a two-year renovation and will serve as the perfect backdrop for these special shows. For family-friendly outdoor concerts, join Merge artists King Khan & the Shrines, the newly signed Spider Bags, The Rosebuds, Richard Buckner, and Portastatic for the Music in the Gardens series. These shows will take place in the beautiful Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics are encouraged for these performances, and food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

Merge 25 Festival: Full Line-Up Announced!

Merge Records invites you to North Carolina to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary at Merge 25, a 4-day music festival that now includes Teenage Fanclub, Mount Moriah, William Tyler, Reigning Sound, David Kilgour & the Heavy 8s, Imperial Teen, Telekinesis, Eleanor Friedberger, Hiss Golden Messenger, Amor de Días, Saint Rich, The Music Tapes, Vertical Scratchers, Hospitality, and Mikal Cronin! This set of performers rounds out the already-announced line-up of Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, and The Love Language.  We have plenty more surprises up our sleeves, so stay tuned as we celebrate Merge 25!

Merge 25 Festival: Tickets to Cat's Cradle shows & outdoor party on sale March 26!

Merge Records invites you to North Carolina to help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary at Merge 25, a music festival featuring Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, The Love Language and many more

Tickets for the individual Merge 25 shows at the Cat's Cradle & the outdoor party in Carrboro are going on sale tomorrow — Wednesday, March 26 at 11am EST — via the Cat's Cradle website

Limit of 2 tickets per customer to each Cradle show and 4 tickets per customer for Saturday's outdoor party. Children under 10 get in free to the outdoor party when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.

Full show line-ups & more information about other Merge 25 Festivities coming soon!
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