FUTURE BIBLE HEROES
Kindred spirits: St. Etienne, Silicon Teens, the Ronettes
Show: With Luxury Liners on Friday at the Black Cat. Doors open at 9 p.m. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $15.
Stephin Merritt sings only every other tune on Future Bible Heroes’s “Partygoing,” but the new album is entirely in his voice: weary and witty, caustic yet amused. To oversimplify just slightly, these synth-backed ditties are about the difficult choice between suicide or another glass of champagne.
The singer-songwriter is best known for the long-running Magnetic Fields, but he maintains several more intermittent projects. This is the third album, and the first in 11 years, from the Heroes, which also feature composer-arranger Christopher Ewen and vocalist Claudia Gonson. Merritt won’t be touring with the group, but “Partygoing” could hardly exist without him.