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The Magnetic Fields


Revolution Hall Southeast
Wed., May 3, 8 p.m. and Thu., May 4, 8 p.m. 2017 21+


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Stephin Merritt turned 50 in 2015, and—as he is wont to do—wrote about aging extensively, meticulously, and hilariously. Throwing 50 years of autobiographical song-stuff into the Magnetic Fields’ 2017 LP, 50 Song Memoir, Merritt’s curmudgeonly beauty is laid out chronologically, with full respect to the minutiae of his half-century lived. “’68: A Cat Called Dionysus,” is an ode to the childhood pet he loved, though it hated him. Later down the road, “’85: Why I Am Not a Teenager” folds the playful instrumentation of a pump organ and a Casio-lite beat over Merritt’s prepubescent plots to take over the world. It’s singularly Stephin Merritt, as you’d expect, and undeniably endearing in almost every way. There are obviously 50 songs on 50 Song Memoir, so the Magnetic Fields will perform the album in its entirety over the course of two consecutive nights. RYAN J. PRADO

Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark #110, Portland, OR 97214

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  • Wed., May 3, 8 p.m. and Thu., May 4, 8 p.m. 2017