Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt announces alphabet-themed tour, playing Independent in May

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The Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt has announced a solo US tour, with a unique twist.

Accompanied by bandmate Sam Davol on cello, each show will consist of songs from the entirety of Merritt’s extensive catalog with Magnetic Fields as well as his other projects. Addtionally, each show will consist of “exactly 26 songs, with each song title starting with a different letter of the alphabet and running in alphabetical order.” No telling yet if he’s going by conventional alphabetizing (will “The Book of Love” fall under T or B?), but if “Zebra” or “Zombie Boy” are your favorite Magnetic Fields songs, you’ve got a pretty good chance of going home happy. Of course, if you’re just dying to hear “I Don’t Want To Get Over You,” you’ll have to hope Merritt doesn’t choose the slew of songs that start with I, including the 14 I-titled songs that make up the Magnetic Fields record i. (FYI- The format also means that, at most, Merritt will only play 23 of the 69 Love Songs.)

Speaking of the letter I, Merritt plays the Independent in San Francisco on May 10th. Tickets for the show go on sale Feb 20th at noon. Check out the rest of the tour dates below…

Stephin Merritt 2015 tour dates
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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