The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir

Daily from April 22-23
8 p.m.
Alternative, Americana, Indie Pop, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

Over two evenings, the Magnetic Fields will split the tunes from their sprawling new 50 Song Memoir, which includes one track for each year in the life of chief Magnet Stephin Merritt through 2015. The Fields, expanded to a septet for this tour, will reportedly play seven instruments each on a stage littered with musical and cultural artifacts of the last half-century. Merritt’s new songs mingle minutia from his life with the wider world’s parallel stumbles, and his arch, sometimes subtle commentary is equally poignant and witty, all sung in his crooning baritone and set to his band’s chamber-pop sounds. Merritt launches on a wild ride of subject matter that takes him literally from birth (“Wonder Where I’m From”) to a finale that embraces the freakiness of 21st-century love (“Somebody’s Fetish”), sifting through a blizzard, diseases, motherly advice, a riot, surfing, cockroaches, and ethical dilemmas along the way. Stage director José Zayas aptly characterizes the performance as a true “magical mystery tour.”