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Charli XCX. Her latest release, How I'm Feeling Now, tops our list of the best new albums out on May 15. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On May 15

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50 Song Memoir is Stephin Merritt's latest album as the driving force behind The Magnetic Fields. Marcelo Krasilcic/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Magnetic Fields On The Improbably Autobiographical '50 Song Memoir'

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Like all albums by The Magnetic Fields since the group's landmark 69 Love Songs, the new 50 Song Memoir hinges on a concept. This time it's the life of songwriter Stephin Merritt (center, looking at the camera), with one song for each year of his life. Marcelo Krasilcic/Courtesy of Nonesuch Records hide caption

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The Magnetic Fields' Hard-Headed 'Realism'

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The Magnetic Fields' 'Noise' from New York

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Assisted Listen: The Magnetic Fields' 'Distortion'

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The Magnetic Fields: Dourness and 'Distortion'

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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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