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In celebration of our 20th anniversary, Merge bands of the past and present will converge for 5 days of live music, July 22-26th in the heat of the sunny North Carolina summer. We are calling these 5 days of live music and mayhem, XX Merge.

XX Merge Wednesday, July 22nd - Sunday, July 26th
4 nights at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC
1 night at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, NC on UNC Campus Details of additional music & bedlam yet to come!

GuvnerFeaturing over 25 of your favorite Merge artists including...Superchunk, Spoon, Conor Oberst, Spent, M. Ward, The Rosebuds, Destroyer, Guv'ner, Polvo, Pipe & The Broken West. Many more bands both expected and unexpected still to-be-announced!

5-Day Passes are $150 and will get you in to all XX Merge festivities. Passes will go on sale on Wednesday, April 8th at 10 AM EST via and 5-day passes are nontransferable. A limited number of tickets for individual Cradle shows and the Memorial Hall show will be made available at a later date.

And this interesting tidbit from their FAQ's: "We will announce a (nearly) complete list of Merge bands who will be playing prior to the festival, but you will have to come to each show to find out who is playing on which night. We think it's more fun that way!"

The Rosebuds are now in the midst of their April tour that brings them back to NYC for two shows soon.

M Ward is also playing Coachella and Central Park Summerstage this year. All dates below.

Check out the video for Spent's "Umbrella Wars", below...

M Ward - 2009 Tour Dates
04/17/09 Indio, CA @ Coachella
04/18/09 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
04/19/09 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
04/20/09 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
04/22/09 Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
04/23/09 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
04/24/09 Milwaukee, WIK @ Pabst Theater
04/25/09 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
04/26/09 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
04/27/09 Toronto, ONT @ The Phoenix
04/28/09 Montral, QUE @ Le National
05/18/09 Visalia, CA @ Fox Theatre
05/19/09 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
05/22/09 Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater
05/23/09 George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
07/22-26 Carrboro, NC @ XX Merge
08/01/09 New York, NY @ Summerstage