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Magnetic Fields touring new LP ’50 Song Memoir'; Stephin Merritt song in new Google commercial

Magnetic Fields

As mentioned, The Magnetic Fields are performing their ambitious project 50 Song Memoir at BAM Next Wave Fest on December 2 & 3, and will also being doing it at Tennessee’s Big Ears Fest in March. The Big Ears appearance is just one of many stops on the 2017 50 Song Memoir tour, where the seven-piece lineup of Magnetic Fields will perform the entire 50-song series (which chronicles every year of Merritt’s life so far) over two nights in each city — songs #1-25 on night 1, songs #26-50 on night 2. They also say 50 instruments will be involved. A little more info on the shows:

The quintet turned septet is working with director Jose Zayas (Love in the Time of Cholera), along with a crew of projection, sets and lighting designers to create this fully staged, special concert series.

Online tickets for the BAM shows have sold out but you might try calling the BAM box office at 718.636.4100. 50 Song Memoir will premiere November 18 & 19 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The album will be out in early 2017 via Nonesuch and all dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, main man Stephin Merritt‘s song “You You You You You,” from one of his other projects, The 6ths, is featured in a new commercial for Google’s new Pixel phone (not the only indie band  used in a spot either). You can take a look at the commercial and listen to the original recording of the song:

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The Magnetic Fields — 2016/17 Tour Dates.
Nov 18, 2016, NORTH ADAMS, MA @ MASS MOCA
Nov 19, 2016, NORTH ADAMS, MA @ MASS MOCA
Dec 2, 2016, BROOKLYN, NY @ GILMAN OPERA HOUSE
Dec 3, 2016, BROOKLYN, NY @ GILMAN OPERA HOUSE
Mar 15, 2017, PHILADELPHIA, PA @ UNION TRANSFER
Mar 16, 2017, PHILADELPHIA, PA @ UNION TRANSFER
Mar 18, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC @ LINCOLN THEATRE
Mar 19, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC @ LINCOLN THEATRE
Mar 21, 2017, DURHAM, NC @ CAROLINA THEATRE
Mar 22, 2017, DURHAM, NC @ CAROLINA THEATRE
Mar 24, 2017, KNOXVILLE, TN @ BIG EARS FESTIVAL
Mar 25, 2017, KNOXVILLE, TN @ BIG EARS FESTIVAL
Mar 27, 2017, ATLANTA, GA @ VARIETY PLAYHOUSE
Mar 28, 2017, ATLANTA, GA @ VARIETY PLAYHOUSE
Apr 19, 2017, CHICAGO, IL @ THALIA HALL
Apr 20, 2017, CHICAGO, IL @ THALIA HALL
Apr 22, 2017, MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ FITZGERALD THEATER
Apr 23, 2017, MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ FITZGERALD THEATER
Apr 27, 2017, LOS ANGELES, CA @ ROYCE HALL
Apr 28, 2017, LOS ANGELES, CA @ROYCE HALL
Apr 30, 2017, OAKLAND, CA @ FOX THEATER
May 1, 2017, OAKLAND, CA @ FOX THEATER
May 3, 2017, PORTLAND, OR @ REVOLUTION HALL
May 4, 2017, PORTLAND, OR @ REVOLUTION HALL
May 6, 2017, SEATTLE, WA @ THE MOORE THEATER
May 7, 2017, SEATTLE, WA @ THE MOORE THEATER

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