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Concerts

The Magnetic Fields plays NPR Music's day party at The Parish on Thursday in Austin.

April 11, 2012 The Magnetic Fields' hold on a live crowd is powerful enough to yield pin-drop silence.

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May 31, 2005 At Zankel Hall, the band plays songs from its acclaimed CD, 69 Love Songs.

Studio Sessions

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May 31, 2012 Hear the singer-songwriter play ukulele versions of songs from Love at the Bottom of the Sea.

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Stephin Merritt performed "Your Girlfriend's Face" live on WFUV.

May 15, 2012 The Magnetic Fields' frontman stops by the WFUV studio to perform "Your Girlfriend's Face."

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February 13, 2010 Stephin Merritt calls his band's new album, Realism, a "Whitman's Sampler" a la Judy Collins.

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Interviews & Profiles

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.

April 14, 2012 Frontman Stephin Merritt has his nights out to thank for inspiring the group's latest record.

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January 29, 2008 LD Beghtol, who sang and played on 69 Love Songs, presents a guide to their latest.

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Discover Songs

Giant Drag

February 1, 2010 The latest All Songs Considered mix features music from The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more.

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Betty Davis

February 9, 2009 Hear a special Valentine's Day mix tape from All Songs Considered.

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March 28, 2008 The Magnetic Fields' "California Girls" hums and reverberates with defiled surf-rock.

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February 13, 2008 On this edition of All Songs Considered NPR listeners share their favorite love songs.

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January 10, 2008 Hear a new mix of music from Billie Holiday, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Peter Gabriel, and Bon Iver.

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December 13, 2007 All Songs Considered features its annual mix of quirky holiday music.

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June 1, 2005 New music from The White Stripes; Sultry singer Leslie Feist; Brazilian musician Celso Fonseca; ...

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December 8, 2003 Ethiopian roots music from Abyssinia Infinite, Clarinetist Aker Bilk and Van Morrison, A singing...

News

Bruce Springsteen, Fiona Apple and The Magnetic Fields will all be part of NPR Music's 2012 SXSW coverage.

March 1, 2012 Featuring the return of Fiona Apple, Bruce Springsteen's keynote and Magnetic Fields' SXSW debut.

October 8, 2010 See the trailer for the documentary Strange Powers, opening Oct. 27 in New York.

Reviews

Realism

January 26, 2010 A companion piece to 2008's Distortion, the new album is vivid, whimsical and blunt.

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Betty Davis

February 9, 2009 Hear a special Valentine's Day mix tape from All Songs Considered.

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March 28, 2008 The Magnetic Fields' "California Girls" hums and reverberates with defiled surf-rock.

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February 1, 2008 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Distortion by The Magnetic Fields.

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January 29, 2008 LD Beghtol, who sang and played on 69 Love Songs, presents a guide to their latest.

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January 15, 2008 On its new album, Stephin Merritt's typically morose band is loud, fast, and full of fuzz.

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February 6, 2007 Listeners share their favorite Valentine's Day songs and the stories of how they came to love them.

The Magnetic Fields video 'Quick!'

May 8, 2012 The video for "Quick!" paints a sweet love story over Stephin Merritt's typically wry lyrics.

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.

March 16, 2012 Thursday brought NPR Music's day party, two performances by Bruce Springsteen and lots of emotion.

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The Magnetic Fields' new album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, comes out March 6.

February 26, 2012 These 15 songs are slight by design, but there's a world of wit in their brevity.

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February 2, 2012 The band explores gender transformation in the video for "Andrew in Drag."

Clockwise from bottom left: Gotye, White Rabbits, Jana Hunter from Lower Dens, Leonard Cohen.

January 17, 2012 All Songs celebrates Robin Hilton's return with its first episode of all-new music this year.

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February 8, 2006 Hear a mix of listener-selected music for Valentine's Day.

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