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Stephin Merritt

Dec 3rd 2016 @ Howard Gilman Opera House

Brooklyn, NY
I Was There
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
7:30 PM
Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
By

Lindsey Rhoades

Aging gracefully can be tough, especially in an industry obsessed with youth. Leave it to Stephin Merritt, founder of baroque-pop legends the Magnetic Fields, to reach his fifties with idiosyncratic aplomb. Taking a cue from the conceptual impulse that made sprawling albums like 69 Love Songs so endearing and cohesive, Merritt will present the Magnetic Fields' newest record, 50 Song Memoir, over two nights at BAM, with unique setlists each evening. The LP, which won't be out until early 2017, features one autobiographical track for each year of Merritt's life, delivered with his characteristic wit and unmistakable baritone. The multi-instrumentalist has recruited seven musicians to interpret the work live, performing against a backdrop of custom set pieces that correspond to Merritt's fanciful narrative. Were he not a master of mirthful self-flagellation, Merritt might be branded a narcissist; instead, we'll raise a glass and toast another year for the patron saint of self-deprecating songwriting.