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The Magnetic Fields

Read The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt On World Cafe WXPN

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


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

Watch Stephin Merritt: A Few Ways To Off Your Ex WFUV

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

The Magnetic Fields video 'Quick!'

Watch Love In A Trash Can: The Magnetic Fields Release New Video

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

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.

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

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


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

Watch The Magnetic Fields, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012

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


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.

Listen SXSW Late Night Dispatch: Thursday Recap

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


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

Read NPR Music Announces SXSW 2012 Lineup

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

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

Read First Listen: The Magnetic Fields, 'Love At The Bottom Of The Sea'

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

Magnetic Fields

Watch First Watch: The Magnetic Fields' 'Andrew In Drag'

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.

Read New Music From From Lower Dens, Lambchop, Leonard Cohen And More

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


Watch Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt Subject Of New Documentary

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

Stephin Merritt

Listen The Magnetic Fields: 'Orch-Folk,' Played By Hand

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


Giant Drag

Listen The Magnetic Fields, Giant Drag, The Knife, And More

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


Listen The Magnetic Fields' Hard-Headed 'Realism'

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


Betty Davis

Listen Lesser-Known Love Songs

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


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