Concert Recommendation: Magnetic Fields, Old Town School of Folk Music, June 25-27
Stephin Merritt is one of the most gifted songwriters working today.
His love songs are clever, funny and poignant. He's got about a zillion
side projects including Future Bible Heroes and the Sixths, but the
Magnetic Fields is his main gig. And he's finally followed up 1999's
monumental with 69 Love Songs
with i. With a mere 14 tracks, i lacks the scope of the previous
work but it also eliminates the experimental filler that watered down
some of 69's impact. Stephin
and coconspirator Claudia Gonson take a wonderfully informal approach
their live performance. Arrive prepared to pay attention to the lyrics.
The Magnetic Fields play with Andrew
Bird at the Old
Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago,
773.728.6000, at 8 p.m.
on Friday, June 25 and
at 3:30 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27.