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There are still tickets left for tonight’s Magnetic Fields show at the Vic, the second of a two-night run. Last night’s concert, while more subdued and slightly less fantastic than the show I caught at the Harris Theater two years ago, was still fantastic—as Joshua Klein points out in the Trib today, there’s not much distance between songwriter Stephin Merritt’s best songs (which are sublime) and his worst. Merritt’s traveling with the usual crew: bandleader and pianist Claudia Gonson, singer Shirley Simms (on ukulele this time round), Sam Davol on cello, and John Woo on guitar. The band’s also traveling, Merritt mentioned in last week’s Artist on Artist, with Gonson’s baby, who did not make an appearance.