Stephin Merritt (far left) has led The Magnetic Fields since the early 1990s, with a songwriting style that ranges from sincere to bitter to ironic. Marcelo Krasilcic hide caption

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The Magnetic Fields: 'Out Late At A Bar, Writing A Song'

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Hear Highlights From Magnetic Fields In Concert

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The paint-splattered members of Venezuelan rock band La Vida Boheme won over NPR Music's team on the second day of the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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Listen to Bob, Robin, Stephen and Ann on the streets of Austin, Texas on Thursday, March 15

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The Magnetic Fields' new album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, comes out March 6. Marcelo Krasilcic/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Love at the Bottom of the Sea

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