City Paper is not for tourists
Let’s say that Stephin Merritt has a firm grasp on his ABCs. The Magnetic Fields frontman is also known for his work with the Gothic Archies and Future Bible Heroes, and for contributing spooky sounds to adaptations of children’s stories: He wrote the score for the stage version of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and, as the Baudelaire Memorial Orchestra, wrote a song to accompany the audio recording of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. This spring, he tours with a set of 26 songs from this extensive repertoire, one title for every letter of the alphabet, played in order. It’s an expansion of sorts on the Magnetic Fields’ 2004 album, i, which featured songs beginning with only one letter—guess which. Sam Davol (a frequent Magnetic Fields collaborator) and pop-folkie Amy Bezunartea will join Merritt onstage for his latest list-themed musical expedition. Luckily, the 1999 album 69 Love Songs has a song called “Xylophone Track” to help him finish the job. Stephin Merritt performs with Sam Davol and Amy Bezunartea at 8 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $30–$35. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org.