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Pre-Order contest Reminder: Win a free SCORE! box set!

Time is running out on our fantastic September Pre-Order contest!
To kick off the fall new release season, we will automatically enter everyone who pre-orders one (or all) of our September releases to win a complete SCORE! box set subscription. To be eligible, orders must be received prior to September 8.

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The Music Tapes present "For the Planet Pluto"

On its way to you in a triumphant spiral of zeros and ones through that strange nether universe from which all things computery come is the new Music Tapes video, “For the Planet Pluto.”

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Big Dipper on RockBand 2!

Big Dipper has been added to RockBand 2! "All Going Out Together", "She's Fetching", and "Younger Bums," are available to download on the RockBand website to play on your home video game system. All three songs and more Big Dipper awesomeness are available on Supercluster: The Big Dipper Anthology in the Merge store. Video from YouTube showing "She's Fetching" in RockBand 2 action below! Download the MP3 and unleash your air guitar!   More >

XX Merge daytime fun!

Sleep is highly overrated, especially this week! We have planned a few free activities to help fill the void in-between nights of rock! Orange County Social Club in Carrboro, NC, will host a free outdoor show beginning at 1 p.m.   More >

UNC-TV's "NC Now" features Merge

In addition to the great press and radio accolades we have been receiving for our birthday, UNC-TV's weeknightly television newsmagazine, North Carolina Now has put together a feature about Merge that will air tonight, Tuesday, July 21. Visit the schedule page of the North Carolina Now website for broadcast information.   More >

XX Merge begins with "Merge with Motion"

Merge fan and dancer Sarah Honer was driving in her car listening to Caribou when the idea to celebrate Merge and unite two artistic worlds in one evening was born. On Saturday, July 18, at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC, a group of world-renowned dancers will join the Triangle Youth Ballet to present Merge with Motion, a dance performance in a unique rock music setting celebrating Merge Records’ 20th anniversary.   More >

Lou Barlow releases "Goodnight Unknown" on October 6!

On October 6, we will release Lou Barlow’s new album, Goodnight Unknown. In the four years since his career-redefining, mostly acoustic record Emoh, Lou Barlow has reunited with Dinosaur Jr. and reissued three of Sebadoh’s classic albums.   More >

3Ds and Pure added to XX Merge!

We have added two bands to the already overwhelmingly fabulous line-up of Merge bands past and present who will be performing at XX Merge: 3Ds and Pure.   More >

New Spoon single out June 30th!

On Tuesday, June 30th, Spoon will debut its first newly recorded material since 2007's universally acclaimed Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga! We will release the three-song "Got Nuffin" single on CD and digital download beginning June 30, with the 12" vinyl version following in July (exact date TBD).   More >

The Clientele light "Bonfires on the Heath"

On October 6, The Clientele will release their 5th album, Bonfires on the Heath on CD, LP and digital download. The Clientele formed a long time ago in the backwoods of suburban Hampshire, playing together as kids at school, rehearsing in a thatched cottage remote from any kind of music scene, but hypnotized by the magical strangeness of Galaxie 500 and Felt and the psych pop of Love and the Zombies. Bonfires on the Heath is in a sense a return to the Clientele’s roots; the dreamlike suburban landscapes first encountered in the early singles, their trippy sense of menace stronger now.   More >

Kick off XX Merge with a celebration in dance

On Saturday, July 18, at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC, the Triangle Youth Ballet will present Merge with Motion, a dance performance in a unique rock music setting celebrating Merge Records’ 20th anniversary.   More >

Superchunk release "Crossed Wires" on July 7

Superchunk will release a brand new 7", "Crossed Wires" b/w "Blinders (Fast Vers.)" on July 7. The record was produced by Scott Solter (John Vanderslice, The Mountain Goats) at Overdub Lane in Durham, NC, and will be available in a limited edition of 1,000 copies on clear vinyl.   More >

XX Merge Cat’s Cradle Shows Sold Out! Tickets still available for Memorial Hall!

Merge Records is celebrating our 20th anniversary in the summer heat of North Carolina with a 5-day birthday party called XX Merge which will be held at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro from Wednesday, July 22, through Saturday, July 25, and at Memorial Hall on the UNC campus on Sunday, July 26. Tickets for the Memorial Hall show are available via eTix, Cat’s Cradle, CD Alley (Chapel Hill), Schoolkids (Raleigh), Bull City Records (Durham), and the Memorial Hall box office. Five-day passes and individual tickets for all Cat's Cradle shows are now sold out. We will not be announcing line-ups for the Cat’s Cradle nights, but a (mostly) complete list of bands who will be performing is available at The line-up for Sunday, July 26th at Memorial Hall will be: She & Him American Music Club Wye Oak We look forward to seeing you in July!   More >