On November 4, Portastatic’s The Summer of the Shark will be available for the first time on vinyl as part of the monthly series of reissues to mark the 25th anniversary of Merge Records.
Beginning with this album, Portastatic evolved from a lo-fi side project to become the main focus of Superchunk's Mac McCaughan throughout that band's long hiatus in the early ’00s.More >
Early voting has begun in North Carolina, and to help spread the word, Mac McCaughan of Superchunk, Portastatic & Merge will perform solo at a concert to raise awareness for Early Voting Friday, October 26 at Durham Central Park with Chapel Hill's Spider Bags and New Jersey band Titus Andronicus.More >
Merge Records is teaming up with the Haw River Ballroom, Cat's Cradle and others in opposition to North Carolina's Amendment One including the Coalition to Protect ALL North Carolina Families - to throw a Benefit Concert with Bob Mould, David Cross, Stuart McLamb of The Love Language, Tig Notaro, Amber Tamblyn and Superchunk (Acoustic Duo.) The concert will be held on May 6 at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, NC.More >
This month marks the 10-year anniversary of Orange County Social Club, a neighborhood bar in Carrboro, North Carolina, founded by our dear friend and former Merge-intern-turned-employee Tricia Mesigian. OCSC marks its first decade with a week-long celebration that begins this Sunday, October 9, at 4 p.m. in the bar's parking lot.More >
Mac McCaughan of Superchunk and Portastatic has composed original scores for four films by noted experimental filmmaker Maya Deren, and he will perform them live on Thursday, September 29, at the world premiere of Transfigured Time: Music for the Films of Maya Deren, which opens the Westobou Festival in Augusta, Georgia.More >
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:More >
On Thursday, May 6, Jeff Mangum, The Clean, Portastatic, Yo La Tengo, Kyp Malone (of TV on the Radio), Claudia Gonson (of The Magnetic Fields), Sharon Van Etten, John Mulaney, Robert Scott, David Kilgour & Dimmer will unite in an evening of music at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City to benefit New Zealand musician Chris Knox, who suffered a series of life-altering strokes last year.More >