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 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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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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Clockwise from bottom left: Gotye, White Rabbits, Jana Hunter from Lower Dens, Leonard Cohen. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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