Look at all them music makin’ machines! Why, it’s almost as if there’s one for every year Stephin Merritt’s been alive! But who’s counting? Well, HE is, as the latest album from The Magnetic Fields embraces the most intriguing, fun and successful concept the group’s undertaken since 69 Love Songs. 50 Song Memoir is a five-LP/five-CD set, with 50 songs chronicling Merritt’s life to date, one song per year. The supporting tour finds the full band performing the entire album in order, in two parts, over the course of two nights in each city; the Variety Playhouse hosts the Atlanta stop on Monday and Tuesday. Not to be missed.
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Recently back from a marathon tour of Europe, New York’s Mystery Lights set loose their blacklight garage psychedelia upon the Dirty South again, reminding us that 1966 may’ve been the pinnacle of rock ‘n’ roll’s second decade, before the hippies ruined everything like they always do. North Carolina boner-pop band The Nude Party are along for the trek, ensuring that shit’s probably gonna get outta hand at some point. Don’t miss ’em Wednesday at 529 and/or Thursday on the Georgia Theatre’s wonderful rooftop.