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Merge 25 Festival: Full Line-Up Announced!

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!

The 15 newly announced Merge 25 artists are highlighted below in bold in each day’s line-up: 

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

To recap:

Full-festival passes are sold out.

Friday’s Cat’s Cradle show is sold out, but a few tickets are still available for Thursday’s show (limit 2 tickets per customer). 

A larger number of tickets are available for Saturday’s outdoor party in Carrboro (limit 4 tickets per customer). Children under 10 get in free to the outdoor event when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.

Tickets to Wednesday’s show at Baldwin Auditorium will go on sale Tuesday, April 22, through Duke Performances.

More information about other Merge 25 festivities coming soon!

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Lambchop's Live at XX Merge now on vinyl

Five years ago, those of us lucky enough to be at Cat’s Cradle when Lambchop took the stage witnessed the performance that became Live at XX Merge, a concert film and album. We are now releasing this special album on clear vinyl with a full download of the audio and concert film for those who missed it or for those who want to relive the experience.

The limited-edition LP is available now for pre-order and will arrive in your mailbox on or around the September 9 release date. We will also have copies for sale at the Merge 25 merch table. (Note that pre-orders cannot be picked up at the festival.)

Caribou reveals extended mix of "Can't Do Without You." Available now!

Following the rapturously received news of Caribou’s forthcoming album Our Love (due October 7 on Merge), Dan Snaith has revealed an extended DJ-friendly mix of “Can’t Do Without You,” the song that accompanied Caribou’s triumphant return to the fore last month. The extended version is available now from all digital services and as a limited-edition 12-inch via Snaith’s own label JIAOLONG. Download the track at iTunes or stream it at Spotify now.

Having racked up over a million plays on Soundcloud alone in little over a month, the original track also accompanied news that Caribou will be returning to the US in November.



Our Love is due out on October 7 and features collaborations with Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett. It was mixed by David Wrench and features artwork by Jason Evans and Matthew Cooper. Pre-order the album on LP or CD in the Merge store and digitally at iTunes.

Bob Mould European tour dates announced

Bob Mould has announced European tour dates kicking off in Berlin on November 6. The ten dates are in support of his recent album Beauty & Ruin.

Described as "a compact epic," Beauty & Ruin packs a staggering lifetime's worth of emotion and experience into a 36-minute package. As with 2012's Silver Age tour Bob will be joined in Europe by his stalwart band of bassist Jason Narducy and drummer Jon Wurster.

Judging by the love Bob Mould has seen in the papers overseas (as well as stateside!), we strongly suggest getting tickets tout de suite. A full list of dates (including the aforementioned appearance at Merge 25 and North American fall tour) are below. 

“Alternative rock belongs to Bob Mould” NME

 “What happens next could be incredible” – Uncut

“It’s a defiant affair”The Guardian

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