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December 10, 2014 >

STEPHIN MERRITT PENS ORIGINAL SCORE FOR THIS AMERICAN LIFE

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Stephin Merritt's original score for a segment of This American Life, episode 541; "Regrets, I've had a Few", aired on Dec 5, 2014 and can be heard here.

The band has also made the music available for download via a Bandcamp site.

Posted by CG

October 20, 2014 >

STEPHIN MERRITT SOLO SHOW AT CHICAGO'S OLD TOWN SCHOOL

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A rare, full-length solo Stephin Merritt concert has just been added, at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The show will take place on November 8, at 7pm. Stephin will be performing selections from his extensive back catalogue in alphabetical order. Tickets are available for purchase here. Merritt is on tour now promoting his first book, 101 Two Letter Words, published through Norton. This is a one-of-a-kind book of poems for Scrabble enthusiasts and their wordy friends, with illustrations by Roz Chast. Merritt can also be seen in Chicago in conversation with Peter Segalas part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, on November 7.

Posted by CG

August 28, 2014 >

"101 TWO LETTER WORDS": BOOK RELEASE AND TOUR DATES

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We are happy to announce the release of Stephin's first book, "101 Two Letter Words," through Norton. This is a book for Scrabble enthusiasts and their wordy friends. Stephin takes all the admissible two letter words in the Scrabble Dictionary, and makes a small poem for each one. Illustrations by Roz Chast. The book is currently available for advance purchase. For summer and fall book tour dates, visit the calendar.

Posted by CG

August 28, 2014 >

MERRITT PERFORMS AT NONESUCH RECORDS 50TH ANNIVERSARY AT BAM

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Stephin Merritt will perform as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of Nonesuch Records at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He'll perform on September 19th with Devendra Banhart and Iron and Wine at the Howard Gilman Opera House. For tickets and more info, click here.

Posted by CG

May 19, 2014 >

STEPHIN MERRITT TO PERFORM THREE SOLO SHOWS IN 2014

Stephin Merritt will be going out solo this summer and early fall, to support Nonesuch Records' 50th anniversary, and Merge Records' 25th, in New York and Durham, NC. To warm up for these gigs, Stephin will also perform an intimate set at Helsinki Hudson, in upstate NY. For more info and ticket information, please check the tour schedule.. A summary of tour dates:
July 25: Hudson, NY - Helsinki Hudson - Click here for tickets.
July 30: Durham, NC - Merge 25 at Baldwin Auditorium (Duke University) - Click here for tickets.
Sept 19: Brooklyn, NY - 50th Anniversary of Nonesuch Records at Howard Gilman Opera House at BAM - Click here for tickets.

Posted by CG

May 15, 2014 >

MERRITT PERFORMS AT NONESUCH RECORDS 50TH ANNIVERSARY AT BAM

Stephin Merritt will perform as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of Nonesuch Records at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He'll perform on September 19th with Devendra Banhart and Iron and Wine at the Howard Gilman Opera House. For tickets and more info, click here.

Posted by CG

April 15, 2014 >

STEPHIN MERRITT PERFORMS AT MERGE RECORDS 25th ANNIVERSARY

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Merge Records will be celebrating their 25th anniversary this summer (wow!) and Stephin Merritt will join the festivities by performing a solo set in Durham, NC, home of the label. Mark Eitzel will share the bill. The concert will take place July 30th at Duke University's Baldwin Hall. Click here for details.

Posted by CG

April 15, 2014 >

MERRITT PERFORMS SCORE TO SILENT FILM AT SFIFF

Stephin Merritt is performing an original ukulele score to the 1927 Tod Browning silent horror classic "The Unknown", at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 6. The performance will take place at the historic Castro Theater. Beforehand, novelist Daniel Handler will do an interpretive score to Guy Maddin's short film "Sissy Boy Slap Party," involving audience participation. For tickets and more info, click here.

Posted by CG

January 10, 2014 >

TICKETS ON SALE FOR "PERFORMANCE" - a dance piece in Boston

Tickets are on sale now for "Performance", a dance piece by Rashaun Mitchell. Stephin Merritt provides all the music, performed live on his ukulele. The piece takes place at the ICA Boston on January 24 and 25. Don't miss this rare opportunity to watch Stephin perform solo live!

Click here for tickets and info.

Posted by CG

July 10, 2013 >

WATCH THE NEW FUTURE BIBLE HEROES VIDEO FOR "LIVING, LOVING, PARTYGOING"

Stereogum has premiered the new video for "Living, Loving, Partygoing" from the new Future Bible Heroes album, Partygoing.

Directed by Naomi Yang (of Damon and Naomi), the video features Claudia, Stephin, and Chris frolicking at an unconventional garden party. While the video showcases the summery feel of the song, its atmosphere also includes a hint of ambivalence about parties in general, just like the song itself.

Future Bible Heroes - Living, Loving, Partygoing from stereogum on Vimeo


Future Bible Heroes are set to play live on KEXP tomorrow, July 12th. Click here for additional details.

Tickets are still available for the currently in progress Future Bible Heroes tour. Check the House of Tomorrow calendar for details.

Posted by CG

July 7, 2013 >

FUTURE BIBLE HEROES BEGIN TOUR, PERFORM LIVE ON KEXP RADIO

Future Bible Heroes are heading out to LA to play the first show of their tour on Monday, July 8th. Please check the House of Tomorrow calendar for tour details.

During their stop in Seattle on Friday, July 12th, the band will play live on KEXP. Click here for times and details on when to tune in.

Posted by CG

June 24, 2013 >

FUTURE BIBLE HEROES ADD HUDSON, NY SHOW

A special message to New York area fans from Stephin Merritt:

Hi there,

My band Future Bible Heroes is playing a surprise show on Monday at Helsinki Hudson on July 1. (I'm not actually playing--that would be gauche--but I wrote at least half the music and all the words, and they have a much better singer than I.)

I hope to see you there, and if not, please send an excuse suitable for framing. (The lucky best entry will be carved into my headstone.)

Monday, July 1, 2013
Helsinki Hudson
Hudson, NY
(518) 828-4800
Tickets available at www.helsinkihudson.com
$12.00 Advance, $15.00 Day-of-Show

Posted by CG

June 7, 2013 >

FUTURE BIBLE HEROES: TORONTO CANCELLATION

Sadly, Future Bible Heroes have had to cancel their Toronto show due to scheduling conflicts.

The band looks forward to playing in Canada soon.

Posted by CG

June 4, 2013 >

FUTURE BIBLE HEROES: PARTYGOING AND COLLECTION ALBUMS OUT NOW

One of Stephin Merritt's bands, Future Bible Heroes, are pleased to release their first album in 12 years, Partygoing, out now on Merge records.

The band consists of songs by Stephin Merritt and Christopher Ewen. Magnetic Fields bandmate Claudia Gonson joins Stephin on vocal duties.

The band is also releasing a catalog collection of all their three LP's, their EP's and compilation material. The title of the catalog record is Memories of Love, Eternal Youth, and Partygoing.

The CD's and vinyl release can be purchased through the Merge Records Store.

Future Bible Heroes are launching a brand new website at www.futurebibleheroes.com. They can also be followed on Twitter at @futrbibleheroes, and via their Facebook page.

The band will be performing on June 12 in Brooklyn, and then performing throughout July in the USA. Please check the House of Tomorrow calendar for tour details.

Posted by CG

May 28, 2013 >

LISTEN TO FUTURE BIBLE HEROES' NEW ALBUM "PARTYGOING" NOW AT PITCHFORK ADVANCE

On June 4, Future Bible Heroes will release Partygoing, their first new album since 2002. You can hear the whole album now via Pitchfork Advance here. Also, tickets are now on sale for Future Bible Heroes tour dates in June and July. Check the calendar for dates and ticket information.

Posted by CG

May 26, 2013 >

LISTEN AND WATCH: FUTURE BIBLE HEROES STREAMING TRACK FROM NEW ALBUM, AND VIDEO INTERVIEW

Future Bible Heroes have posted a song from their new album, "Partygoing", here. Pre-order Partygoing on CD as well as their 4-CD or 3-LP collection Memories of Love, Eternal Youth, and Partygoing now in the Merge store. Both albums will be available on June 4th.

Also you can watch a video interview with Stephin, Chris and Claudia, made by documentary filmmaker JL Aronson below.

Posted by CG

May 9, 2013 >

FUTURE BIBLE HEROES (Featuring Claudia Gonson, Shirley Simms, Christopher Ewen and Anthony Kaczynski) ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR

Future Bible Heroes are hitting the road this summer in support of their forthcoming new album, Partygoing. The live ensemble will consist of Claudia Gonson, Shirley Simms, Christopher Ewen and Anthony Kaczynski (NOTE: Due to ear issues, Stephin Merritt will not be performing). These will be their first live dates since 2002.

Future Bible Heroes on tour (with links to purchase tickets): June 12 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House - Chickfactor Summer Festival
July 8 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex
July 9 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
July 11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
July 12 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor Tavern
July 16 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
July 17 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
July 21 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
July 22 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
July 23 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
July 25 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
July 26 - Washington, DC - The Black Cat

Pre-order the new album Partygoing on CD as well as their 4-CD or 3-LP collection Memories of Love, Eternal Youth, and Partygoing now in the Merge store.

Posted by CG

April 10, 2013 >

FUTURE BIBLE HEROES TO PLAY CHICKFACTOR 21 PARTY IN BROOKLYN

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Future Bible Heroes featuring Claudia Gonson and Christopher Ewen (NOTE: Stephin Merritt will not be performing) to appear live at the Chickfactor 21 festival at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY on June 12th.

Tickets are available here.

Posted by CG

January 04, 2013 >

FUTURE BIBLE HEROES TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, AND CATALOG COLLECTION

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On June 4, 2013, Future BIble Heroes will release a new album, Partygoing, their third LP, through Merge Records. It is the band's first release since 2002. Future Bible Heroes consists of Stephin Merritt, Christopher Ewen, and Claudia Gonson. Merritt and Ewen are the songwriters, with Stephin writing the melodies and lyrics, and Christopher handling most of the instrumentation. Claudia and Stephin divide the vocals between them.

Their first two albums, Memories of Love (1997) and Eternal Youth (2002), will additionally be released together with Partygoing in a 4-CD set, along with a additional disc of 14 non-LP tracks. This bonus CD includes the material from their 3 EP's, plus various compilation tracks. The collection will also be available on vinyl as a 3-LP set, along with a download card providing the 14 extra tracks, as well as digital versions of the three LP's.

The catalog collection, entitled Memories of Love, Eternal Youth,and Partygoing, will also be available June 4 through Merge Records. This marks the first time that the entire Future Bible Heroes catalog has been available worldwide. For more information and to preorder, visit the Merge website.

FBH Collection Cover

Posted by CG

March 20, 2013 >

MAGNETIC FIELDS MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE THROUGH OFFICIAL ONLINE STORE

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The Magnetic Fields are selling their merchandise online! Exclusive shirts and tote bags are currently available.

U.S. customers can visit the store here.

UK and European customers can visit the shop here.

Posted by CG

December 04, 2012 >

STEPHIN MERRITT TO PERFORM AT NEW YORK LITERARY BENEFIT

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On Friday, December 7th, Stephin Merritt will perform 3 songs at a benefit for 826NYC, entitled "Rants and Other Suggestions," along with readings from Jonathan Franzen, Gail Collins, Jonathan Ames, Wyatt Cenac, John Oliver, Eugene Mirman and Sarah Vowell. The event will take place at Symphony Space in New York City.

For more info, please visit Symphony Space.

Posted by CG

November 03, 2012 >

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR SELECT FALL SHOWS

Tickets are still available for the upcoming week of shows beginning on November 13th:

11/13/12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue - Tickets

11/14/12 - St. Louis, MO - Sheldon Concert Hall - Tickets

11/15/12 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot - Tickets

11/16/12 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Worhol @ Carnegie Lecture Hall - Tickets

11/17/12 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Synagogue - Sold Out

11/18/12 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Synagogue - Tickets

12/31/12 - Boston, MA - First Night Boston @ Symphony Hall - Tickets

See you there.

Posted by CG

October 23, 2012 >

Detroit Show Update

The Magnetic Fields show in Detroit has moved to the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Michigan. Tickets purchased for the Redford Theater show will be honored at the Crofoot. Tickets are currently available here.

Posted by CG

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