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Jun 01, 2011

Murder By Death Announce Winners of Split 7" Art Contest

Murder By Death has announced Richard Luong of Texas and Mayra Fersner of Tennessee as the contest winners for their split 7" art contest! Each winner will receive all 5 MBD albums on vinyl, two Builders and Butchers albums on vinyl and 5 copies of the split 7".

You can preorder the album, which comes out July 3rd, HERE. Also available for preorder is a new repress of Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them for the first time on 12”, and check out these huge 24" x 36" posters illustrated by Philip Harris now available HERE.

Digital for the MBD/TBATB split 7" will be available July 3rd HERE.

May 25, 2011

Murder By Death Announce Alaska Tour Dates, Add New Member

Murder By Death will be touring Alaska with a new band member in tow. The band has added occasional touring member Scott Brackett, formerly of Okkervil River, to their full-time line up.

”I started out as a hired gun for them and we really hit it off,” says Brackett, “it would have been a shame to leave it at that. So when they offered me a spot, I couldn't say no. The opportunity to make a record and keep touring with them promises too much fun."

The group is touring in support of their fifth full-length album, Good Morning, Magpie, which was released in April 2010. The first show is June 21 in Denali National Park on the Summer Solstice at a Salmon Bake.

Murder By Death tour dates:
6/17 – Wichita, KS @ LIV FEST
6/18 – Denver, CO @ Westword Music Showcase
6/21 – Denali, AK @ Denali Park Salmon Bake
6/22 – Talkeetna, AK @ Fairview Inn
6/23 – Anchorage, AK @ Tap Root
6/24 – Fairbanks, AK @ University of Alaska-Fairbanks
6/25 – McCarthy, AK @ McCarthy Lodge
7/24 – Chicago, IL @ Wicker Park Festival

Dec 01, 2010

Murder By Death Reveal Ten Years Exclusive Boxed Vinyl Set To Mark Their 10th Anniversary

Bloomington, Indiana’s MURDER BY DEATH recently announced the January 25, 2011 release of a special 10th Anniversary box set that will include their 5 full-length studio albums, 3 Eps and 3 bonus albums full of demos of rarities. The 11 piece set is entitled Ten Years and each release will be pressed on extra thick vinyl and available in either a branded wooden box or cardstock foil box.

The band is producing the entire set themselves and if the set is purchased as a gift for the holidays, they’ll handwrite a postcard for the recipient. Each item (including the cardstock foil box) will be available for individual purchase so collectors will not have to repurchase any items they may already own. A complete list of the contents and purchasing options can be found on Murder By Death's website.

Murder By Death singer and guitarist Adam Turla commented: "10 years of MURDER BY DEATH - all collected in this comprehensive boxed set. The first 250 copies come in a branded wood box and the next 1000 come in a thick cardstock foil edition. Buy ‘em as a boxed set or as individual components so you don't get shafted if you've already got some of the albums on vinyl. We're pumped to be collecting all this material together and making it available on vinyl and digital. Wooooo!"

Dec 31 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada (all ages)
Jan 05 – Bloomington, IN @ Russian Recording (all ages)
Jan 06 – Fort Wayne, IN @ The Brass Rail (21+)

Nov 01, 2010

Murder By Death Will Be On NPR's World Cafe Tomorrow!

NPR's World Cafe, a program which presents new and significant music, will have Murder By Death on the show tomorrow, November 2, 2010! Click HERE to find what station World Cafe is on in your city and to check the broadcast times!

Aug 31, 2010

Brave Enough to Go Inside Murder By Death's Tour Bus?

Murder By Death open their van doors to the cameras of Digital Tour Bus to bring you an exclusive tour of their 19x7 traveling hotel room. Check out how a band survives on the road HERE! (spoiler alert: excessive amounts of comic books and booze)

Also on Digital Tour Bus is a chance to win 1 of 5 free copies of Murder By Death's full length "Good Morning, Magpie "!

Aug 02, 2010

Murder By Death Announce Fall Headlining Tour and Ear X-Tacy In-store!

Murder By Death announces their fall touring plans in support of their latest album, Good Morning, Magpie, with a headlining club tour set to begin September 10 in Urbana, Illinois and takes the band into Canada for three dates before finally wrapping in Newport, Kentucky on October 9.

"Being from a small town, we know that sometimes bands skip over the little cities in favor of bigger shows and more dough,” said MBD’s Adam Turla. ”We wanted to play a few places we've never been to, and clubs we haven't played in years. Let's pack these rooms out, get drunk, and let our voices get hoarse from singing together. We will be joined every night on this tour by a new friend/cohort in music Scott Brackett (of Okkervil River) on piano, trumpet, accordion, percussion and backup vocals.”

Tomorrow, August 3, Murder By Death embarks on a two-week tour supporting Philadelphia’s mewithoutYou. Murder By Death will also be meeting fans and performing at a special in-store at Louisville’s Ear X-tacy on Sunday, August 8 at 6pm. Further details can be found on the Ear X-tacy site:

09/10– Urbana, IL @ The Canopy Club #
09/11 – DeKalb, IL @ The Egyptian Theatre # *Middlewest Fest
09/12 – Ames, IA @ Dg’sTap House #
09/14 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar #
09/15 – Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom #
09/16 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall #
09/17 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In #
09/18 – St. Louis, MO @ 560 Music Center # *PLAY:stl Music Festival
09/20 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 #
09/21 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel #
09/23 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s #
09/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool #
09/25 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon #
09/26 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern ^
09/28 – Ottowa, ON @ Maverick’s Bar
09/29 – Montreal, QC @ Le Petit Campus
09/30 – Portland, ME @ Space Gallery #
10/01 – Providence, RI @ Jerky’s Live Music Hall #
10/02 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft at The Chance #
10/03 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall #
10/04 – Hamtramck, MI @ Small’s #
10/05 – Dubuque, IA @ Voices Warehouse Gallery #
10/08 – Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s #
10/09 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House #
# - w/ Samantha Crain, Ninja Gun
^ - w/ Samantha Crain

Jul 01, 2010

Murder By Death acoustic performance on

German website caught up with Murder By Death's Adam Turla while the band was playing the Orange Blossom Festival in Beverungen. Check out Adam's acoustic performance of "On The Dark Streets Below" well...err... below.

Jun 01, 2010

Murder By Death's new album Good Morning, Magpie is only $5 on Amazon!

For the month of June, Amazon is having a sale on Murder By Death's new album Good Morning, Magpie. Click HERE to get it for just $5!

May 20, 2010

Murder By Death Debut New Video For “White Noise”

Murder By Death release the second video off their recently released album, Good Morning, Magpie. The video for “White Noise” was created by the Australian animator/design team of MaricorMaricar (Architecture in Helsinki, The Living End) and is based on a treatment by the band’s cellist, Sarah Balliet, and explores the “ominous undercurrent” of the song.

May 19, 2010

Murder By Death Perform "Foxglove" at Chicago's WGN Music Lounge

Click here to watch Murder By Death perform "Foxglove" live from Chicago's WGN Music Lounge!

May 04, 2010

New Murder By Death video premiere

Check out the brand new video for "As Long As There Is Whiskey In The World" from Murder By Death's new album, Good Morning, Magpie right now on Hear Ya. Murder By Death's Adam Turla said, "We filmed this video in our yard in a cabin that Dagan and I built last summer. Our friends directed and starred in it. We got a keg and several gallons of whiskey and took it all down in a matter of hours while filming the video. It was a riot."

Apr 22, 2010

Scott from Okkervill River to join MBD

Murder By Death has just announced that Okkervil River’s Scott Brackett will be joining their lineup from April 27 – May 16 on their headline U.S. tour. Check out all their dates in the tours section

Apr 15, 2010

Murder By Death In-Store For Record Store Day

Murder By Death will be part of the Record Store Day festivities by performing a 5-song set at Good Records in Dallas this Saturday April 17th! They go on at 4pm, and you can click here for more information on set times and contact info.

Apr 14, 2010

MBD's Weird World Tour

Murder By Death is seeking for promoters worldwide to book them in their unique venues and/or cities. They want to play the places they've missed and that touring bands often overlook. If you BOOK in a country/city they've never played, please reach out to (SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY please do not send emails that say "please play here" if you have someone that can book the band then hit us up). Help the band play as many countries and continents as possible! If you book a club in Kathmandu, email us. If you can book a yert in the Sahara desert, email us! Literally ANYWHERE in the world **Please contact only if you can provide transportation, accommodations and backline.

Apr 08, 2010

Murder By Death Tour Journal

Check out the first entry to Murder By Death's Tour Diary over at Click HERE to read it now

Apr 08, 2010

Murder By Death interview on Shockhound

Check out a new video interview did with Adam during SXSW. Click HERE to watch now!

Apr 06, 2010

MBD on New Releases Now!

Check out Murder By Death on New Releases Now! Click HERE

Apr 06, 2010

Murder By Death out now!

The new Murder By Death album Good Morning, Magpie is available now everywhere in stores and digitally! If you haven't ran out and bought a copy yet be sure to check out this killer deal Shockhound has going on where you can get the album for only $3.99! Click HERE to buy now.

Apr 05, 2010

Murder By Death Spinner Full Album Stream

AOL's Spinner is streaming the new Murder By Death album Good Morning, Magpie on their site. Click HERE to listen. Don't forget the album hits stores and iTunes tomorrow!

Apr 02, 2010

Murder By Death Full album stream

Listen to Murder By Death's new album Good Morning, Magpie right now at Click here to listen.

Mar 31, 2010

Murder By Death Shockhound Pre-order

Shockhound has the new Murder By Death album Good Morning, Magpie available for digital preorder right now for only $3.99. Click here to order now

Mar 30, 2010

Track-By-Track Murder By Death on AltPress

Read a track-by-track synopsis from Adam and Sarah of Murder By Death for the band's upcoming album Good Morning, Magpie over at Alternative Press. Click here to read now.

Mar 11, 2010

New Murder By Death Track! is exclusively streaming a new track entitled "The Day" from Murder By Death's upcoming album Good Morning, Magpie on their site. Click HERE to listen.

Mar 10, 2010

"Good Morning, Magpie" Pre-Order Contest

Hey folks- we here in MBD are doing a super-bitchin' contest. When you preorder the album on CD or vinyl from either our webstore or you are automatically entered in a contest to win from the list below. If you've already ordered, don't worry you are included in this contest too. MBD pack these orders themselves, and some will include notes, autographs, and silly bonus prizes. Its fun. Winning rules. Go team.

- a nice bottle of whiskey and a pair of MBD shotglasses to drink it from (delivered at a show to winner/21+ only eligible; exchangeable for $50 at the merch booth, instead) (1 Winner)
- Test Pressing for Good Morning, Magpie (1 Winner)
- Super rare super out of print Little Joe Gould EP from 2000 (1 Winner)
- Super rare super out of print Matt Davis Tribute 7" from 2004 (1 Winner)
- signed drum sticks (1 Winner)
- one of Sarah's Busted Tour Cello Bows (2 Winners)
- Super Rare MBD/William Elliott Whitmore split 7" misprint. (Whitmore song on both sides) ( 3 Winners)
- Hand Screened MBD Tour Poster (5 winners)
- a pair of tickets to the show of your choice (5 Winners)
- All five albums on CD or vinyl (winners choice) (5 Winners)
- MBD bass and guitar picks (10 winners)
- Autographed copies of the album on CD and/or vinyl (25 of each)
- Glossy Posters (200 Winners)
- Sticker (200 Winners)
- various notes and silly knicknacks from MBD

Mar 03, 2010

Pre-Orders for Murder By Death's "Good Morning, Magpie" Now Available!

Pre-Order packages are now available to Murder By Death fans for their forthcoming record Good Morning, Magpie, which is due in stores on April 6. Fans have the option of ordering their copy of the record in a variety of configurations.

OPTION 1: "Fancy" vinyl - Limited to 1000 copies Midnight blue 200 gram LP. The package also includes: a screen-printed and embossed gatefold cover, bound 10 page color booklet with studio photos and complete lyrics, a 24"x 24" poster, a sticker and a big black feather. Available from the Murder By Death webstore

OPTION 2: "Simple" vinyl - Limited to 1000 copies Orange 200 gram LP. Jacket has a matte finish and comes with color lyrics sleeve Available from the Murder By Death webstore

OPTION 3: CD with poster - Limited to 250 CD comes with an autographed, hand-numbered poster (different than the "fancy" vinyl bonus poster) Available from the Vagrant webstore

OPTION 4: CD alone Available from the Murder By Death webstore

Feb 22, 2010

Pre-Order Our NEW ALBUM - Signed CDs/Vinyl/Posters - More Info HERE!

Pre-Order packages are now available to Murder By Death fans for their forthcoming record Good Morning, Magpie, which is due in stores on April 6. Those who wish to purchase the CD alone may do so for $10 from the Murder By Death webstore here, while fans wanting a little more will have other options. Audiophiles may be most interested in purchasing their copy on wax, also through the band’s webstore, where they’ll have two choices. The “fancy” version is a limited edition of 1000 copies of the LP on midnight blue 200 gram vinyl. The package includes a screen printed, embossed gatefold cover, bound 10 page color booklet with studio photos and complete lyrics, and also comes with a 24"x 24" poster, a sticker and a big black feather. The more “simple” version is a limited run of 1000 copies of the LP on orange 200 gram vinyl, including a matte finish on the jacket and color lyrics sleeve. Collectors may get their fix at the Vagrant webstore here, where they can purchase the CD with an autographed, hand-numbered poster (different than the poster in the presale on the band’s webstore), limited to 250 prints.

Feb 19, 2010

Vagrant Records at SXSW

Vagrant will be having an official showcase March 19 at La Zona Rosa during this year's SXSW Festival. Bands performing will be: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Murder By Death, School of Seven Bells and J Roddy Walston and The Business. Stay tuned for set times and more!

Feb 19, 2010

Murder By Death Headlining Tour

Murder by Death is hitting the road embarking on a headlining tour with Ha Ha Tonka and Linfinity. Dates cane be found in the tour section. Presale tickets, which will each include a hand-numbered poster from a limited run of 2000, are available Monday, February 22 at 3PM local time in each market via Artist Arena. Tickets go on sale to the public later in the week.

Feb 16, 2010

New Murder By Death Track on Punknews!

Punknews is exclusively streaming the track "Foxglove" from Murder By Death's upcoming album Good Morning Magpie. Click here to listen now!

Feb 10, 2010

Murder By Death Announce New Album

Turla wrote most of the new material during two weeks he spent alone deep in the woods of Appalachia with just “a tent, a fishing pole, a guitar, and a lot of paper.”

Good Morning, Magpie follows 2008’s Red of Tooth and Claw which was universally acclaimed for it’s cinematic storytelling and as Paste Magazine noted of their performance on record - “every one of them a swirling, unapologetic tours-de-force.” Performing Songwriter declared the album “a more personal, impactful and engaging record than the stellar offerings they’ve released thus far… MBD kick up a storm of dirty, killer American rock” and The Tripwire summed it up by saying, "label it whatever you want, isn't "great" just great?”

Click HERE to check out a brand new interview with Adam on and also head for all the latest info including upcoming tour dates!

Dec 22, 2009

Free download from Murder By Death!

"Murder by Death would like to extend to you a Holiday gift during this special season. It's a hot new track headed straight for the Top 40, and it's called "Pizza Party (At Gloria Estefan's House). Please enjoy this free download as our gift to you for being swell. Just go to and you can listen to or download the song for free. Share it with your loved ones and have a pizza party. Best holiday wishes. Love, Murder By Death