Stephin Merritt to kick off alphabetical solo tour in Philly
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Stephin Merritt, critically acclaimed frontman of indie-pop group The Magnetic Fields (and Future Bible Heroes), has just announced his latest venture: a solo U.S. tour tour starting May 2, and Philly scored the first slot on the 14-stop tour, scheduled at Union Transfer.

Accompanied by longtime bandmate and cellist Sam Davol, Merritt will be playing an alphabet-infused set. Translation: at each 26-track performance, he’ll perform solo/acoustic versions of his tracks starting with titles that fall in alphabetical order. (And he has a lot to chose from, considering he released 10 albums with The Magnetic Fields, with the first released in ’91).

Here’s a taste of Merritt’s solo/acoustic material (from April 2012, but you get the gist). Tickets and information on the May 2 show at Union Transfer can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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