Merge 25

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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.)

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 Merrittand 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 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 (buy tickets here)
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
King Khan & the Shrines

Wednesday, June 18, at 7pm (buy tickets here)
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
Spider Bags

Wednesday, June 25, at 7pm (buy tickets here)
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
The Rosebuds

Wednesday, July 9, at 7pm (buy tickets here)
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
Richard Buckner

Wednesday, July 16, at 7pm (buy tickets here)
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC

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

Wednesday, July 30, at 7:30pm (buy tickets here)
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, from July 23 through the 26th!

More information can be found at our Merge 25 Squarespace page.

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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