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Stephin Merritt's Magnetic Fields released one of the most enduring documents of the indie rock era with 1999's 69 Love Songs, an ambitious triple album that sounded a little like something Cole Porter might have written had he been a particularly big New Order fan. Since then, Merritt's released three albums with the Magnetic Fields, along with a soundtrack to the books of Lemony Snicket (AKA Magnetic Fields accordionist Daniel Handler) and several other solo scores. He's always been a fascinating character, with a lyrical wit surpassing any in modern music and a hilariously deadpan demeanor that's earned him the title of "curmudgeon" in more than a few write-ups over the years. Strange Powers, a new documentary from directors Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara, gives fans new insights into Merritt's mysterious artistic process with unparalleled access--the documentary was filmed over the last 10 years--and interviews with Merritt, manager/collaborator Claudia Gonson and many more. Check it out at the historic Texas Theatre, 231 West Jefferson Blvd., at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (and 6 p.m. Sunday). Tickets are $8. Call 214-948-1546 or visit
Fri., Nov. 19, 9:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 20, 9:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 21, 6 p.m., 2010


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