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.

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Richard Buckner announces dates & towns for new Living Room shows

Richard Buckner has announced the next round of Living Room shows beginning April 10 in Buffalo, NY. Tickets are on sale now! 


[These shows] will be acoustic affairs in private homes. Find your town and get a zip code. Purchase a ticket or two and get the whole address. Audiences are more or less 50 strong. They start at 8PM. I just show up with an acoustic guitar, find a chair and thumb-strum into thin air.

But first: March 18th, Merge Records is releasing a 20th anniversary edition of my first album, BLOOMED. There's a bonus disc included with studio, radio and live band performances. Vinyl even! I'll also have some with me at the shows.

A list of tour dates & the full track list of the Bloomed reissue + bonus disc are below.

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Richard Buckner to release Surrounded on September 3

Richard Buckner's new album Surrounded will be released on CD, LP and digital in the US and Europe on September 3. In the time since Our Blood was released and after a few long tours, Richard Buckner attempted to work on writing short stories but found himself drawn back into the music room.

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Merge celebrates Record Store Day 2012

Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 21, and we have four very special releases to mark the occasion of one of our favorite days of the year! Also, Hospitality, the Love Language & M. Ward will visit independent record stores for celebratory in-store performances. The only way to get your hands on these releases is to visit your local independent record store on April 21.

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Listen to Richard Buckner & David Kilgour's archived KEXP sessions now!

Richard Buckner & David Kilgour are currently on the road together in support of their new releases, Our Blood and Left by Soft! Don’t miss this opportunity to see two legendary songwriters and guitar “gods” share the stage! David Malitz of the Washington Post writes, "The new Left by Soft is his seventh album and solidifies his status as an unlikely guitar god." Read the interview with David Kilgour interview here.

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Richard Buckner & David Kilgour embark on co-headlining tour

Richard Buckner & David Kilgour will team up for a co-headlining tour beginning August 16 in Los Angeles! Don't miss this opportunity to see two legendary songwriters and guitar "gods" share the stage! Also, David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights have just released a live video for the title track off their latest release, Left by Soft

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Richard Buckner tours with Sebadoh

Richard Buckner will be opening for Sebadoh on their tour beginning March 23 in Milford, CT and ending with two nights at the Bowery Ballroom in New York on April 10 and 11. Richard is working on the follow-up to 2006's Meadow, but in the meantime, you can visit the Merge store for digital reissues of BloomedThe Hill, and Impasse

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A Guide to 2010 Merge Digital releases

It’s easy to miss out on some of the digital-only releases we throw your way—the Internet is a pretty crowded place these days! Here’s a quick summary of what you may have missed:

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Richard Buckner on tour!

Richard Buckner is on the road again starting this weekend! Go see him and report back on all the new songs! If you missed Richard recent Daytrotter session, give it a listen now! Find lots of excellent Richard Buckner titles for preview and purchase in the Merge store. Richard Buckner on Tour: 05.29 Somerville, MA Johnny D's 06.04 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's w/ Jay Farrar 06.05 New York, NY Bowery Ballroomw/ Jay Farrar 06.12 Arlington, VA Iota Club & Cafe 06.18 Northampton, MA Iron Horse w/ Tift Merritt 09.09 Columbia, SC Columbia Museum of Art 09.10 Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Music Festival 09.23 Cincinnati, OH Midpoint Music Festival   More >