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    The Magnetic Fields to Bring "50 Song Memoir" to NYC, Pittsburgh, Luminato Festival
    Marcelo Krasilcic

    The Magnetic Fields will bring 50 Song Memoir back to New York City and take the show to Pittsburgh and Toronto for the first time in June. The show, performed over two nights in each city (songs 1–25 on night one, songs 26–50 on night two), will be at the Apollo Theater in New York on June 15 and 16, Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland in Pittsburgh on June 19 and 20, and the Luminato Festival in Toronto on June 22 and 23. For all the details and tickets, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    In addition to his vocals on all 50 songs, Merritt plays more than 100 instruments on 50 Song Memoir, ranging from ukulele to piano to drum machine to abacus. In concert, the music is played and sung by a newly expanded Magnetic Fields septet in a stage set featuring 50 years of artifacts both musical (vintage computers, reel-to-reel tape decks, newly invented instruments), and decorative (tiki bar, shag carpet, vintage magazines for the perusal of idle musicians). The seven performers each play seven different instruments, either traditional (cello, charango, clavichord) or invented in the last 50 years (Slinky guitar, Swarmatron, synthesizer). The stage extravaganza is directed by the award-winning José Zayas.

    The five-disc 50 Song Memoir was released on Nonesuch Records last year to critical acclaim. The set was included on year's best lists from the Atlantic, New York, Uncut, and Mojo. "Fifty songs, one for every year of a life? In Stephin Merritt's hands it's revelatory," says Mojo, "Taking in cartoon pop, disco, indie and beyond, the songwriting's up there with Randy Newman."

    To pick up a copy of 50 Song Memoir, head to iTunes, Amazon, or the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete set at checkout.

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The Magnetic Fields to Bring "50 Song Memoir" to NYC, Pittsburgh, Luminato Festival

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The Magnetic Fields will bring 50 Song Memoir back on the road in June, performing at the Apollo Theater in NYC on June 15 and 16, Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh on June 19 and 20, and the Luminato Festival in Toronto on June 22 and 23.

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The Magnetic Fields will bring 50 Song Memoir back to New York City and take the show to Pittsburgh and Toronto for the first time in June. The show, performed over two nights in each city (songs 1–25 on night one, songs 26–50 on night two), will be at the Apollo Theater in New York on June 15 and 16, Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland in Pittsburgh on June 19 and 20, and the Luminato Festival in Toronto on June 22 and 23. For all the details and tickets, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

In addition to his vocals on all 50 songs, Merritt plays more than 100 instruments on 50 Song Memoir, ranging from ukulele to piano to drum machine to abacus. In concert, the music is played and sung by a newly expanded Magnetic Fields septet in a stage set featuring 50 years of artifacts both musical (vintage computers, reel-to-reel tape decks, newly invented instruments), and decorative (tiki bar, shag carpet, vintage magazines for the perusal of idle musicians). The seven performers each play seven different instruments, either traditional (cello, charango, clavichord) or invented in the last 50 years (Slinky guitar, Swarmatron, synthesizer). The stage extravaganza is directed by the award-winning José Zayas.

The five-disc 50 Song Memoir was released on Nonesuch Records last year to critical acclaim. The set was included on year's best lists from the Atlantic, New York, Uncut, and Mojo. "Fifty songs, one for every year of a life? In Stephin Merritt's hands it's revelatory," says Mojo, "Taking in cartoon pop, disco, indie and beyond, the songwriting's up there with Randy Newman."

To pick up a copy of 50 Song Memoir, head to iTunes, Amazon, or the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete set at checkout.

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