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King Khan & the Shrines on tour in the US now

This week, King Khan & the Shrines embark on a massive tour beginning at Chaos in Tejas and kicking off the Merge 25 summer series with Duke Performances on Tuesday, June 3! Don't miss this rare chance to wail, testify, and celebrate with the Maharaja of Soul.  See the full list of dates below, and check out their epic video for "Born to Die" from Idle No More, available on CD, LP and digital now in the Merge store.   More >

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!   More >

Stream Bob Mould's "Beauty & Ruin" now at Pitchfork Advance! In stores June 3!

Bob Mould’s forthcoming studio album, Beauty & Ruin, can now be streamed in its entirety via Pitchfork Advance. The album stream comes one week ahead of Beauty & Ruin’s June 3 release date in the States. Pre-orders for the album already being hailed as possibly Bob’s finest solo work since the classic Workbook are live now in the Merge store and iTunes. The first 400 LP pre-orders placed through Merge will receive the album on yellow vinyl. All iTunes pre-orders come with an instant gratification download of “Hey Mr. Grey.”

Bob Mould is also pleased to confirm a release week performance on CONAN on June 4, airing at 11 p.m. EDT on TBS.
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Hospitality announce July & August dates, appearances at Osheaga and Merge 25 Festival

Hospitality is literally all over the map: the Brooklyn trio is currently touring Europe for the first time, which included a performance with Cloud Nothings in Stockholm last night and concludes with a performance at Primavera in Barcelona. North American shows were announced today, including stops at Merge 25 in North Carolina, Osheaga Festival of Music and Arts in Montreal, and dates with fellow Merge family members Ex Hex amongst others. Trouble is the band's second album, available now in the Merge store, at iTunesAmazonSpotifyRdio, and your local independent record store. Bust Magazine says Trouble is, "a record that effortlessly strikes that jittery balance between escapism, existentialism, and mountains of emptiness".    More >

The Clientele's Suburban Light reissue in stores now, on tour in July

In stores and available online today is the May installment of our ongoing 25th Anniversary reissue series, The Clientele's Suburban LightReleased as a double-disc and one-LP/one-CD set, this new edition of Suburban Light features the album in its original European tracklisting, restored from original analog tapes to sound warmer and a bit less like a batch of demos. The bonus material includes a revelatory set of covers, rehearsals, B-sides, and three unreleased tunes.

Suburban Light is available for purchase in the Merge store, on iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Amazon, or at your favorite independent record store.

Watch the newly digitized video of "Reflections After Jane," and catch the Clientele on tour this summer including a highly-anticipated appearance at the Merge 25 Festival! These shows mark the first Clientele tour since 2009's tour in support of Bonfires on the Heath.

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Reigning Sound reveal new single “Never Coming Home”

Today on Noisey, Reigning Sound revealed the second single “Never Coming Home” from their forthcoming album Shattered. The band’s principal songwriter/member Greg Cartwright had this to say about the track:

This song really came together about a week before I mixed it. While listening and trying to decide how to approach it, I realized it needed a bridge. That’s a hell of a thing to realize two months after you record a song! Then it struck me that perhaps I could make a tape edit and drop in with an acoustic guitar and play the bridge solo. I realized I’d need a little help pulling off the effect so I asked my friends The Memphis Dawls to lay strings on the track as well. We were very pleased to find that the violin and cello really brought the whole song to a new place and made the new bridge seem like it had always been there.
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Spider Bags announce "Frozen Letter" LP out August 5, share "Back With You Again in the World"

Frozen Letter is the fourth full-length album by Chapel Hill's Spider Bags and its first for Merge, out August 5 in the US, August 18 in Europe! Frozen Letter follows up 2012's acclaimed Shake My Head and is available for pre-order now on CD and LP on red vinyl in the Merge store. Opening track "Back With You Again in the World" is the kind of up-tempo, riff-driven rocker that Spider Bags have made their trademark, augmented by an Andy Mackay-style sax solo. Stream it now on SoundCloud:   More >

The Clean's Anthology to be reissued July 15 on 4xLP

Anthology serves as a celebration of The Clean, a band whose influence extends so far beyond their New Zealand home that even if you have never heard of The Clean before, you have surely heard of some of the bands (Pavement, Yo La Tengo, and Superchunk, to name a few) who have been influenced by their unique blend of homemade garage rock, hook-filled melodies, and psychedelic experimentalism.

The album is a compilation of songs from across The Clean’s legendary musical career, which began in 1981 and continues today. Merge originally released the 2-CD Anthology in 2003, but in celebration of our 25th anniversary, we felt the time was right to release this essential collection on quadruple LP.

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Watch Wye Oak's music video for "Glory" on The A.V. Club now!

Wye Oak's Shriek was released yesterday to enthusiastic reviews worldwide, and features on StereogumGrantland, and more.

"Shriek is more of a continuation than a disruption: It’s a product of the catalytic bond between Mr. Stack, on synthesizers and drum programming, and Ms. Wasner, on electric bass." —NY Times

"Despite its electronic emphasis, Shriek bypasses conventional synthpop for more introspective, individual territory." —Wondering Sound

"There's no question Wasner could make these songs work as big guitar anthems, but as skeletal, textured electronic tunes they really let the nuance of both her songwriting and her voice shine through." —Under The Radar

The A.V. Club premiered Wye Oak's new video for "Glory" today, check it out!
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Wye Oak's Shriek is out today!

Wye Oak's fourth LP Shriek is available now on CD, LP and with t-shirt bundle in the Merge store, iTunes, Amazon, Rdio, Spotify, or at your favorite local independant record store.

“[Shriek] is by turns dream, expansive and, ultimately, triumphant.” —Rolling Stone

"Shriek is synthpop haze with serious percussive backbone, the thunderous clatter of Stack’s drumming often stepping up to make the noise that Wasner’s guitar isn’t." —The AV Club

“The tautness of Wasner’s writing had little to do with her instrument of choice and everything with the woman behind the strings: This is nervy, charged music, buzzing like a brain in heat.” —Pitchfork

“Brainy, buzzy…high minded grooves that benefit from Wasner’s heavenly vocals.” —SPIN
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William Tyler's Lost Colony EP in stores now

Out today is William Tyler’s Lost Colony, the follow-up EP to his critically acclaimed 2013 release Impossible Truth. The limited-edition 12-inch features the new song “Whole New Dude,” a full-band reworking of “We Can’t Go Home Again” from Impossible Truth, and “Karussell,” a cover of a Michael Rother (Neu!) song.   More >

Merge welcomes Spider Bags

We are pleased to announce that Chapel Hill’s Spider Bags has joined the Merge roster!

Spider Bags frontman Dan McGee writes: “On a bright clear day sometime in the near or distant future, Quetzalcoatl will come to Earth. Upon arrival, he will scorch a tract of barren land and draw a line in the ash with his terrible talon. On one side of the line he will place Merge; on the other, everything else. Those on the Merge side will then take hold of the mighty winged serpent’s scales and fly with him to live among the stars. They will know all the color and magic of existence, happy and free forever. Those on the other side? Well… we’re glad we’re with Merge.”
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Reigning Sound announce Shattered LP, out July 15, share "Falling Rain"

Reigning Sound is back! We are thrilled to announce the release of Shattered, their first album for Merge and their first full LP since 2009’s Love and Curses. SPIN Magazine premiered "Falling Rain" Monday, describing its, "Dylan-esque vocals that coalesce with roller-rink-ready organ." Stream it below: The band’s principal songwriter/member is Greg Cartwright, who’s been leading the shifting cast of characters since 2001. You may be familiar with some of the band’s work, as this album is preceded by five studio efforts as well as numerous EPs and live records. Or perhaps some of Greg’s other projects have been on your musical radar: The ObliviansParting GiftsCompulsive Gamblers68 ComebackDeadly SnakesDetroit Cobras.   More >

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 >

Merge 25 Festival: Full Line-Up Announced!

Merge Records invites you to North Carolina to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary at Merge 25, a 4-day music festival that now includes Teenage Fanclub, Mount Moriah, William Tyler, Reigning Sound, David Kilgour & the Heavy 8s, Imperial Teen, Telekinesis, Eleanor Friedberger, Hiss Golden Messenger, Amor de Días, Saint Rich, The Music Tapes, Vertical Scratchers, Hospitality, and Mikal Cronin! This set of performers rounds out the already-announced line-up of Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, and The Love Language.  We have plenty more surprises up our sleeves, so stay tuned as we celebrate Merge 25!   More >

Vertical Scratchers share "Way Out" music video, European tour

Los Angeles' Vertical Scratchers have unveiled a sinister new music video for "Way Out" from their debut Daughter of Everything. The new project from John Schmersal (ex-Brainiac/Enon, live Caribou, and Crooks on Tape) and Christian Beaulieu (ex-Triclops!/Anywhere) also announced their first European tour, which begins April 17th in Torino, Italy.



Director Danny Perez on the video:
"Inspired by Tom Rubnitz and the mania of children's-show programming, I wanted to use John's elastic performance in a psychedelic location. Using the colors and geometry of the set, the video is cut rapidly to the fast-paced song to create a dizzying and optical experience."

John Schmersal adds, "Danny is probably the only person I know who could make being confined in a straitjacket for several hours a liberating experience."
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The Clientele announce summer tour

In addition to a highly-anticipated appearance at the Merge 25 Festival, The Clientele have announced a few additional dates this summer. These shows mark the first Clientele tour since 2009's tour in support of Bonfires on the Heath.

Also, the May installment of our ongoing 25th Anniversary reissue series is The Clientele's Suburban Light.

Find a full list of The Clientele's tour dates below, and pre-order the Suburban Light reissue now on CD or LP now in the Merge store.
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Merge welcomes Hiss Golden Messenger

Join us in welcoming Durham, North Carolina's Hiss Golden Messenger to the Merge roster!

Chief songwriter M.C. Taylor's official statement on today's news:
I've been buying Merge records for about half of my time on Earth, so I am very stoked and deeply gratified to be joining their esteemed ranks. I hear the steak tartare in the Merge Cantina is wonderful, and I look forward to trading in all of my cash for company scrip, known as Mergebucks (which is not yet legal tender but should be soon, they assure me). Onwards!
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Wye Oak premiere video for "The Tower" & announce new tour dates

Baltimore two-piece Wye Oak has added additional US dates throughout the month of July in support of their new studio album, Shriek, in stores on April 29. Their US Tour kicks off at Coachella and will make stops in over 25 cities across the country.

Today, Stereogum also premiered a video for track “The Tower” off of the upcoming record. Watch the video now.
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Merge 25 Festival: Tickets to Cat's Cradle shows & outdoor party on sale March 26!

Merge Records invites you to North Carolina to help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary at Merge 25, a music festival featuring Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, Lambchop (performing Nixon), Neutral Milk Hotel, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, The Love Language and many more

Tickets for the individual Merge 25 shows at the Cat's Cradle & the outdoor party in Carrboro are going on sale tomorrow — Wednesday, March 26 at 11am EST — via the Cat's Cradle website

Limit of 2 tickets per customer to each Cradle show and 4 tickets per customer for Saturday's outdoor party. Children under 10 get in free to the outdoor party when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.

Full show line-ups & more information about other Merge 25 Festivities coming soon!
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