Glad to read this and be reminded of Mr. Merritt's musical talent and song writing brilliance, having endured the latest Magnetic Fields show at the Beacon last Wednesday. As a long-time fan, it was disheartening to hear such a sleep-inducing and maudlin set. Stephin Merritt and Claudia Gonson (vocals and piano) sniped at one another under the cover of wit that never materialized. Gonson, with her petty, rivalrous comments, came off as painfully insecure. It was embarrassing and unprofessional. The encore was like hearing the last bit of helium slowly eek out of a deflated party balloon. Kudos should be given to the otherwise mute guitar, cello, and ukelele players for their skill & artistry.