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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.   More >

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 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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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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