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1026 SPRING GARDEN STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19123 Ι 215-232-2100

Stephin Merritt (of the Magnetic Fields)

A Special Seated Show with ...

Stephin Merritt (of the Magnetic Fields)

The Secret Cinema presents Selected Short Subjects

Sat, May 2, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$25.00

This event is all ages

Stephin Merritt (of the Magnetic Fields)
Stephin Merritt (of the Magnetic Fields)
“[The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt is] a contrarian pop genius.”—The New York Times

“The Cole Porter of his generation.”—Rolling Stone


Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt will embark on a rare solo tour of the U.S. starting May 2, accompanied by long-time bandmate Sam Davol on cello. The duo will play 14 dates across the country including two dates in Los Angeles and shows in Washington, D.C.; Austin; San Francisco and more. See below for full tour itenerary.

For this series of performances, Merritt will present a set of solo, acoustic versions of selected songs from his extensive catalog. Merritt will perform exactly 26 songs with each song title starting with a different letter of the alphabet and running in alphabetical order.

Merritt has written and recorded ten Magnetic Fields albums over two decades. The Magnetic Fields’ debut album, Distant Plastic Trees, was released in 1991. In 1999, The Magnetic Fields’ three-CD collection, 69 Love Songs, established Merritt as one of his generation’s most talented songwriters and garnered him widespread acclaim, including year-end “best of” lists in Rolling Stone, SPIN, The New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post and other major national publications. 69 Love Songs was followed by three albums on Nonesuch Records: i in 2004, Distortion in 2008 and Realism in 2010.

Between Magnetic Fields releases, Merritt has recorded side projects and albums with his various other bands, Future Bible Heroes, the Gothic Archies and the 6ths, as well as soundtracks to the films Eban and Charley and Pieces of April. In 2006, Nonesuch also released a collection of songs Merritt wrote under the name The Gothic Archies to accompany the Lemony Snicket books, The Tragic Treasury: Songs from a Series of Unfortunate Events. In 2009, Merritt scored the Off-Broadway adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel Coraline—for which he received an Obie Award.

Merritt and the Magnetic Fields have performed as part of Lincoln Center's “American Songwriters” series and at BAM’s “Next Wave of Song.” In 2012, Merritt released his latest Magnetic Fields album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, and in 2013, he released a Future Bible Heroes album, Partygoing—both on Merge Records. In the fall of 2014, Merritt penned the first-ever musical episode of NPR's popular show, “This American Life."
The Secret Cinema presents Selected Short Subjects
Since 1992, the Secret Cinema has been the Philadelphia area's premiere floating repertory cinema series, bringing hundreds of unique programs to nightclubs, bars, coffee houses, museums, open fields, colleges, art galleries, bookstores, and sometimes even theaters and film festivals. Drawing on its own large private film archive, as well as other collections, the Secret Cinema attempts to explore the uncharted territory and the genres that fall between the cracks, with programs devoted to educational and industrial films, cult and exploitation features, cartoons, rare television, local history, home movies, erotic films, politically incorrect material, and the odd Hollywood classic, as long as it exists on real celluloid -- Secret Cinema screenings never use video/digital projection. While mainly based in Philadelphia, the Secret Cinema has also brought programming to other cities and countries.

For this special pre-concert movie program (still being selected from the Secret Cinema archive, in consultation with Stephin Merritt), expect an emphasis on filmed pop music spanning multiple decades past and…more past, including clips originally viewed on early film jukeboxes, movie trailers, and other surprises.

More info is available at www.thesecretcinema.com
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123