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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.   More >

2013 Year End Lists: Heather McEntire, Mount Moriah

1) foxes
2) Eleanor Friedberger 'Personal Record' LP
3) New Mexico chili powder
4) yoga
5) trains
6) Grass Widow 'Internal Logic' LP
7) Hiss Golden Messenger "Red Rose Nantahala" single
8) Phosphorescent "Song for Zula" single
9) Linda Ronstadt 'Heart Like A Wheel' LP
10) Television 'Marquee Moon'
11) reinvention
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Mount Moriah to release Miracle Temple in February

Mount Moriah will release Miracle Temple, their breakthrough second LP and first new album for Merge Records, on February 26 in the US and March 4 in UK. Fiercely contemporary yet rich with classic influences, Mount Moriah’s Miracle Temple sports bigger arrangements, louder guitars, bolder vocals, and more soulful rhythms than their acclaimed self-titled debut.   More >

Merge welcomes Mount Moriah with release of self-titled debut on LP in October; sophomore release planned for early 2013

On October 2, Merge Records will release the self-titled debut album from North Carolina’s Mount Moriah on limited-edition LP. Available for the first time on vinyl, Mount Moriah was described by NPR Music as “an infectious brew of gospel, folk, rock and country that asks questions of the establishment while looking at love from every angle.”   More >