In 1989, Superchunk incorporated Merge Records as a way to do it themselves. Over two decades of great signings, the label’s carved an integral mark in the indie rock landscape. This is its 20th year, and that is just cause for a party. Block off your calendars from 7/22-7/26: “We are calling these 5 days of live music and mayhem XX Merge.” Just some mirth away from The Best Show (fitting), with a line-up shaping up to be a Best Show on its own. 25 bands are promised to descend upon North Carolina, with four nights at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro and one at UNC Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall, and the initial slate is already worth the trip: Superchunk (obvs), Spoon, Conor Oberst, M. Ward, Destroyer, Polvo, Spent, the Rosebuds, Guv’ner, Pipe, and the Broken West. More are promised soon. Use your imagination. Hotel rooms have been set aside at $85/night, five-day passes are priced at $150, tix go onsale 4/8. More info at mergerecords.com/xxmerge.
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