Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt reveals tour

Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt announces solo U.S. tour dates
Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt has announced a solo tour of the U.S. beginning May 2nd, with bandmate Sam Davol on cello. The duo will play fourteen shows across the country, with two dates in Los Angeles and shows in Washington, D.C.; Austin; San Francisco and more.

On the upcoming tour, Merritt will present a set of solo, acoustic versions of selected songs from his whole catalog. Merritt will perform exactly 26 songs with each song title starting with a different letter of the alphabet and running in alphabetical order.

Merritt has written and recorded ten Magnetic Fields albums over two decades. The Magnetic Fields’ debut album, Distant Plastic Trees,was released in 1991. In 1999, The Magnetic Fields’ three-CD collection, 69 Love Songs, established Merritt as one of his generation’s most talented songwriters. 69 Love Songs was followed by three albums on Nonesuch Records: i in 2004, Distortion in 2008 and Realism in 2010.

Between Magnetic Fields releases, Merritt has recorded side projects and albums with his various other bands, Future Bible Heroes, the Gothic Archies and the 6ths, as well as soundtracks to the films Eban and Charley and Pieces of April. In 2006, Nonesuch also released a collection of songs Merritt wrote under the name The Gothic Archies to accompany the Lemony Snicket books, The Tragic Treasury: Songs from a Series of Unfortunate Events. In 2009, Merritt scored the Off-Broadway adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel Coraline.
May 2                                                        Union Transfer                                        Philadelphia, PA
May 3                                                   Sixth & I Synagogue                                  Washington, DC
May 4                                                      Buckhead Theatre                                             Atlanta, GA
May 6                                             Central Presbyterian Church                                       Austin, TX
May 8                              Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery             Los Angeles, CA
May 9                              Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery             Los Angeles, CA
May 10                                                     The Independent                                   San Francisco, CA
May 12                                                     Aladdin Theatre                                             Portland, OR
May 13                                      Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya                               Seattle, WA
May 15                                                 Cedar Cultural Center                                 Minneapolis, MN
May 16                                            Wexner Center for the Arts                                Columbus, OH
June 9                                                          The Sinclair                                           Cambridge, MA
July 24                                                      The Spiegeltent                       Annandale on Hudson, NY


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