Merge Announces Initial Lineup For MRG30 Festival, A Merge Group Plays “Heroes” Out Friday

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Merge Records turns 30 this year, and the North Carolina-based label is throwing a celebratory festival in July dubbed MRG30. It’ll take place from 7/24-27 at venues in Carrboro and Durham. The just-announced lineup includes Superchunk, the Mountain Goats, Waxahatchee, Lambchop, Ibibio Sound Machine, Hiss Golden Messenger, Wye Oak, Destroyer, Sneaks, Swearin’, and more. Tickets … More »

William Tyler – “Call Me When I’m Breathing Again”

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Guitarist William Tyler, of Silver Jews and Lambchop, is gearing up to release Goes West, the follow-up to 2016’s lush instrumental LP Modern Country. We’ve already heard the lead single, “Fail Safe,” and today he shares “Call Me When I’m Breathing Again” featuring Meg Duffy. Their guitars flit about one another with every … More »

William Tyler – “Fail Safe”

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Back in 2016, William Tyler released his virtuosic instrumental LP Modern Country. Since then, the Nashville guitarist played an acoustic Stereogum Session and contributed songs to a Nada Surf covers record as well as a get-out-the-vote compilation for the Swing Left campaign. More »

Matt Berninger, Cass McCombs, Andrew Bird, & More Contribute Tracks To Free Songs For Swing Left Compilation

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Songs For Swing Left is a new compilation to raise money and increase awareness of the Swing Left campaign to help flip the United States’ House Of Representative blue in the upcoming midterm elections. It’s a running collection of songs, and it features contributions from the likes of Kurt Vile, Tim Heidecker, Jim … More »

Aimee Mann, Charly Bliss Contribute To Nada Surf Covers LP

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After scoring a freak hit with the Buzz Bin classic “Popular,” New York indie-rockers Nada Surf built themselves into career artists with a devoted cult following. Arguably the most pivotal album in that arc was Let Go, the 2003 release that saw them aligning with longtime label home Barsuk Records for the first time. That … More »