The Merge Records signing spree continues: Today, the label announced that the rangy garage-rock trio Spider Bags joined the roster.

Merge isn’t taking its 25th anniversary off: In the past year, the imprint has boosted its quotient of veteran garage rockers—such as King Khan & The Shrines and Asheville’s Reigning Sound—as well as its local contingent, including Chapel Hill garage punks Flesh Wounds and Durham folk-rock auteur Hiss Golden Messenger. Meeting both descriptions, Spider Bags feel like a natural fit to the new Merge M.O.

The band will follow 2012’s much-lauded, Odessa Records-released Shake My Head with a new album for Merge, promised “later this summer.” The band will also perform at Duke’s annual summertime concert series, “Music In The Gardens,” as part of a Merge-heavy schedule that coincides with the label’s quarter-century festivities. Those dates are listed below.

Music In The Gardens

King Khan & The Shrines

Tues., June 3 | 7 p.m.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Plume Giant (Brooklyn) & Poor Rich Boy (Pakistan)

Wed., June 11 | 7 p.m.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Spider Bags

Wed., June 18 | 7 p.m.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

The Rosebuds

Wed., June 25 | 7 p.m.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Hammer No More the Fingers

Wed., July 2 | 7 p.m.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Richard Buckner

Wed., July 9 | 7 p.m.



Wed., July 16 | 7 p.m.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Lambchop play Nixon + William Tyler + Mount Moriah

Wed., July 23 | 7:30 p.m.

Baldwin Auditorium

Stephin Merritt + Mark Eitzel

Wed., July 30 | 7:30 p.m.

Baldwin Auditorium