Sound Series: Magnetic Fields with Special Guest Emma Straub
Friday, Nov 16, 2012 8:00 PM EST
(7:00 PM Doors)
Carnegie Lecture Hall, Pittsburgh, PA
Co-presented with WYEP 91.3 Presents
The Warhol is thrilled to welcome The Magnetic Fields back to Pittsburgh after their last appearance in 2002, the same year their side project, Future Bible Heroes, performed in the museum’s intimate theater. The band is led by Stephin Merritt, who is widely considered one of the most talented songwriter’s of this generation. Beyond writing and recording numerous albums, Merritt has also written songs for the books of Lemony Snicket, composed music for stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, and was the subject of the feature documentary Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields. The band is on tour supporting their tenth album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, which marks the return to Merge Records, which released their break-out 3 CD collection 69 Love Songs, after three releases on Nonesuch. Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures and Other People We Married, opens the show with a solo reading.
Stephin Merritt releases albums under the band names the Magnetic Fields, the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes. With his band The Magnetic Fields, Merritt has written, produced and recorded nine albums to date. The Magnetic Fields' 1999 album, 69 Love Songs, was a 3-disc masterwork which garnered Merritt widespread acclaim, including "best of" year-end lists in Spin, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post and most other major national publications.
In 2002, Merritt signed to Nonesuch Records. He and the Magnetic Fields performed as part of LincolnCenter's 'American Songwriters' series and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's 'Next Wave of Song'. Merritt has composed original music and lyrics for three music theater pieces directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, and in 2008, Merritt mounted an Off Broadway stage musical of Neil Gaiman's "Merritt" composed the score for the academy award nominated film "Pieces of April" (dir. Peter Hedges) and for the independent film "Eban and Charley", and released soundtrack albums for each. His song "The Book of Love," was performed by Peter Gabriel and appears in the film "Shall We Dance." He has composed incidental music for the HarperCollins' audio books of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket and for Neil Gaiman's Coraline, and subsequently released an album Songs from A Series of Unfortunate Events. This year, the Magnetic Fields are also touring to support their new album, Realism, on Nonesuch records. Additional information on Merritt and his work can be found at www.houseoftomorrow.com.
Parking: The entrance to the Carnegie Museum parking lot is at the corner of Forbes Ave. and Craig St. Near the parking garage elevators, there is a ramp / sidewalk that leads around the building to the Lecture Hall. Parking may also be available on nearby streets or in the park.Handicapped access to the Lecture Hall is through the Portal Entrance in the museum parking lot. Please stop by the security office on the left side of the Portal Entrance to be escorted to the Lecture Hall.