Favorite Sessions

Stephin Merritt: A Few Ways To Off Your ExWFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Sometimes Stephin Merritt's dry demeanor can be misconstrued as standoffish or apathetic, but he was very friendly and engaging when he stopped by WFUV for a live session in Studio A. He played a few favorites from The Magnetic Fields' catalog, as well as a couple of songs from the band's new album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, but his solo, ukulele performances have a different feel.

"Your Girlfriend's Face," as seen and heard here, features some of the sweetest, happiest production on the album (not to mention the voice of Claudia Gonson), but with Merritt handling the lead — and also walking out of the studio while playing — the song's humor and wit shines through in a different way.

You can find the rest of Merritt's performance on WFUV's website.

Credits

Russ Borris, host; Jim O'Hara, audio engineering and video editing; Tim Teeling, Tim Pierson and Joe Grimaldi, camera work.

[+] read more[-] less

More From Rock

Lydia Ainsworth performs "Afterglow" in the Optic Obscura installation during SXSW. NPR hide caption

toggle caption NPR

All Songs Considered

Escape The Noise: Watch 9 Lullabies From Austin

Lydia Ainsworth, Phoebe Bridgers, L.A. Salami, Valerie June, Let's Eat Grandma and others sing us quiet songs on hotel beds and in art installations during SXSW.

Fear not a high kick. PWR BTTM perform during NPR Music's annual SXSW showcase at Stubb's in Austin, Texas. Adam Kissick for NPR/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR/NPR

SXSW Music Festival

PWR BTTM Unleashes The Glitter At SXSW 2017

PWR BTTM, once two and now four members strong, brought glitter, humor and bombast to the stage at Stubb's this year.

Frank Turner performs on Mountain Stage this week. Amos Perrine/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Amos Perrine/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Frank Turner On Mountain Stage

The hardcore troubadour makes his Mountain Stage debut, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va.

Frank Turner On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/520243747/520247277" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top