Margaret Cho added to Merge 25 Festival, Duke series starts Tuesday!

Comedian Margaret Cho has been added as the official MC of the Merge 25 Festival on Saturday, July 26!  

Cho could be called “Queen of all Media,” conquering film, television, books, and theatre, with Grammy nominations, sold-out tours, and off-Broadway and TV shows under her belt. Equally as important are the causes she is passionate about. Margaret is widely recognized for her charitable work with gay rights and anti-bullying campaigns.

Margaret recently had Bob Mould on her podcast Monsters of Talk to discuss his new album Beauty & Ruin. Take a listen to the Bob Mould episode here.

Tickets for the Saturday show are still on sale via Cat's Cradle, so don't wait! Limit 4 tickets per customer. 

Also, on June 5th we'll celebrate 25 years with help from the Durham Bulls! Mac will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and Heather from Mount Moriah will sing the national anthem. Learn more and get tickets here!

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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.

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Stephin Merritt's "Obscurities" in stores now!

Critically acclaimed songwriter and mastermind behind The Magnetic Fields, Stephin Merritt's Obscurities is out today! Obscurities is a collection of Merritt’s hard-to-find recordings dating back to his time on Merge Records (1994-99) and prior.

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"Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields" gets theatrical release!

The new documentary feature - Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields - will be released in North American theaters starting October 27. Fresh from a highly successful festival run (including SXSW, Full Frame, Hot Docs, Karlovy Vary and Outfest, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature), the film will open in select theaters this fall.   More >

Strange Powers - Stephin Merritt & the Magnetic Fields

Watch the trailer for Strange Powers, a Magnetic Fields documentary 10 years in the making! The Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs is now available as a limited-edition vinyl box set which includes all 69 love songs re-mastered for vinyl on six 10” records and housed in a super-sized 69 Love Songs box, along with a 10” version of the original booklet featuring liner notes written by Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler.   More >