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Stream Wye Oak's "Civilian" now at NPR Music!

Wye Oak's new album Civilian will be in stores on March 8, but you can stream the whole album now exclusively at NPR Music. NPR's Stephen Thompson says of the record, "Civilian's title track stands out as an alternately ominous and furious rock ringer, but the rest of the record is similarly satisfying while finding practical uses for the spaces between notes. Pay special attention to the masterfully slow-burning, quiet build of 'We Were Wealth,' which blooms subtly into something special. In doing so, it's emblematic of an enormously promising band that's doing the exact same thing."   More >

Merge @ SXSW 2011!

This year, we have a very exciting showcase featuring Merge freshmen and a couple of old friends! Get there early to meet newest Merge signees Times New Viking and stay late to see the only nighttime WILD FLAG show of the festival! In between, Apex ManorTelekinesis & Wye Oak will be sharing songs from their new albums out this spring, and American Music Club Versus will make a rare appearance in Austin for the festival.   More >

Caribou remix contest winner Altrice presents "Stem"

Last April, Caribou challenged their fans to a remix contest. They shared the parts of "Sun" from their latest release Swim and waited to see what would happen. The winner was an enthusiastic artist named Altrice who gradually remixed the whole album and called his project Stem.   More >

Arcade Fire announce full US tour dates!

Album of the Year Grammy winners Arcade Fire have confirmed all remaining dates of their upcoming U.S. tour. The shows kick off April 9 in Denver and include previously announced sold out appearances including an April 16 Coachella headlining set, an April 22, 24, 25 three-night stand at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. The band’s May 6 Jazz Fest headline in New Orleans will be the tour’s final date.   More >

Arcade Fire wins Album of the Year at the Grammys!

Arcade Fire performed live on the Grammys on February 13, and came home with the win for Album of the Year! Arcade Fire were nominated for three Grammy awards including Album Of The Year and Best Alternative Music Album for The Suburbs and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Ready To Start."   More >

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   More >

Wye Oak extend spring "Civilian" tour

Wye Oak are gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated third album Civilian with tour dates both here and abroad. Jenn & Andy just finished a run of dates opening for The Decemberists; a pairing that had Time Out NY wondering if "'King' Meloy was ceding ground to a queen of sorts, Jenn Wasner."   More >

Superchunk & Coliseum join forces for Record Store Day split 7-inch of Misfits cover songs.

Merge Records and Temporary Residence Limited have partnered to co-release "Horror Business" b/w "Bullet," a limited-edition 7-inch from Superchunk and Coliseum for April 16 - Record Store Day. Limited to 1,500 copies and available exclusively in record stores, the 7-inch cover was designed by Coliseum singer/guitarist Ryan Patterson, with a nod to the artwork from the Misfits’ Three Hits From Hell single. The 7-inch will be issued on three different colors of vinyl: Yellow w/ Black Splatter; Magenta w/ Black Splatter; and standard Black (500 copies of each).   More >

Caribou & Arcade Fire nominated for Canadian Juno awards!

Congratulations to Caribou & Arcade Fire on their multiple Juno award nominations! The Juno awards are presented annually by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music.   More >

Superchunk on Sound Opinions

Superchunk will be on Sound Opinions, the world’s only Rock and Roll talk show, this weekend! Superchunk visited WBEZ in Chicago for a full-band live performance and interview with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot while on tour in December. Sound Opinions airs live on public radio stations around the country, and you can hear the audio on the Sound Opinions website now!    More >

Welcome Times New Viking!

Times New Viking will release their new album Dancer Equired on April 26 via their new home in the US, Merge Records. Dancer Equired is a return to the hive, even if the record’s creation was out of their usual boundaries.   More >