Stranded In Stereo: XX Merge: Get Ready

Friday, April 3, 2009

XX Merge: Get Ready

I have always been a big fan of Merge Records and most people know this about me. They also probably know I once spent a summer interning there - fun times for sure! This year is their 20th Anniversary and so far they haven't skimped out on anything. There's been the SCORE! Box Set of curated comps by awesome people, a covers album and now the motherload is coming to us in the form of nothing other than a festival!

XX Merge
will take place in the beautiful Triangle of North Carolina July 22nd through the 26th. While the first four nights will take place at the infamous Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, the final night will take place at Memorial Hall down Franklin Street on the UNC Campus. Who's playing? Over 25 acts says the label. Confirmed so far are label founders Superchunk along with the classic Merge acts Polvo and Spent alongside the modern contemporaries like M. Ward, The Broken West and a band y'all know are near and dear to my heart, The Rosebuds. Oh and Spoon, Conor Oberst, Destroyer and Neutral Milk Hotel (whoops...too soon?)

Tickets for the event in the form of a five-day pass go on sale on Wednesday, April 8th, for the friendly price of $150 ($30 a night isn't bad). Exclusive merch and other daytime activities are to be announced. Hit up the XX Merge page for more deets. Also - who wants to buy me this here shirt? I'll be 25 this May ...

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