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.
STEPHIN MERRITT TOUR DATES
Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
Sixth & I Synagogue Washington, DC
Buckhead Theatre Atlanta, GA
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
The Independent San Francisco, CA
Aladdin Theatre Portland, OR
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Seattle, WA
Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus, OH
The Sinclair Cambridge, MA
The Spiegeltent Annandale on Hudson, NY