by Andrew Sacher

Merchandise on a bridge during SXSW (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Merchandise

Merchandise, whose recently-expanded lineup puts on way more killer shows than when they were a three-piece, are touring like crazy this year. Their run with fellow punk-minded bands Milk Music and Destruction Unit hits NYC on June 15 at 285 Kent as part of the Northside Festival (tickets), but you'll be able to catch Merchandise in NYC even sooner and for free when they play NYU's Strawberry Festival on May 10 at LaGuardia Place between Washington Sq. and West 3rd St. Library Time is also on the lineup and more bands TBA. The show runs from 12:30 to 4:30 PM and is open to the public.

Merchandise released their new album, Totale Nite, earlier this month via Night People. It's the followup to last year's Smiths/Joy Division-indebted Children of Desire, and brings new elements to their sound like bluesy harmonicas, weird sax freakouts, and a Sabbathian interlude. I'd say it's a pretty worthy followup to Children of Desire. What did you think of it? Did you think it was the worst? If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it via Spotify, along with an updated list of tour dates, below...

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Merchandise - "Who Are You?"

Merchandise - Totale Night

Merchandise -- 2013 Tour Dates
05-05 Tampa, FL - Stoney's (w/ Womyns Prisyn)
05-10 New York, NY - NYU's Strawberry Fest
05-15 London, UK - 100 Club
05-16 Brighton, UK - The Haunt
05-17 Brighton, UK - The Corn Exchange
05-18 Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who Festival
05-20 Paris, France - Fleche D'Or
05-21 Rennes, France - Ubu
05-22 Lyon, France - Le Sirius
05-23 Nimes, France - Paloma
05-24 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound festival
05-30 Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera
06-01 Austin, TX - Chaos In Tejas *
06-02 Austin, TX - Chaos In Tejas *
06-04 Dallas, TX - Club Dada *
06-05 Nashville, TN - Stone Fox *
06-06 Louisville, KY - The Workhouse Ballroom *
06-07 Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups *
06-08 Pittsburgh, PA - the 6119 *
06-09 Boston, MA - TT the Bears *
06-10 Burlington, VT - the Monkey House *
06-11 Montreal, QC - Il Motore *
06-12 Toronto, ON - NXNE Music Festival *
06-13 Toronto, ON - NXNE Music Festival *
06-15 Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent *
06-17 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's *
06-18 Washington DC - DC9 *
06-19 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter *
06-20 Charlotte, NC - the Milestone *
06-21 Atlanta, GA - 529 *
06-22 Gainesville, FL - the Atlantic *
06-23 Miami, FL - Churchill's *
08-02 Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08-31 Salisbury, UK - End of the Road Festival
09-07 Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
* - w/ Milk Music and Destruction Unit