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The Magnetic Fields | Love At The Bottom Of The Sea

The Magnetic Fields' last three albums all eschewed the synthesizers that typified their sound in the '90s, but Fields main man Stephin Merritt makes up for it on Love at the Bottom of the Sea, where he deploys at least 10 albums' worth of synths in a b
Merge Records (2012)
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  March 02, 2012

Stephin Merritt documentary at SPACE Gallery

Try as I might (and believe me, I did), I eventually couldn't resist the charms of the Magnetic Fields, whose lovable chief operative, Stephin Merritt,...
By webteam  |  November 30, 2010

Review: Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

Stephin Merritt, the inscrutable and reluctant frontman of Magnetic Fields, is short, gay, and owns a chihuahua. Otherwise, details are scarce.
Slim portrait of a mysterious, monosyllabic man
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  April 23, 2010

Bringing it all back home

"Pull around back, head up the fire escape and knock twice, someone will let you in."
In the studio — a former pasta sauce factory in Central Falls — with the Low Anthem
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 26, 2010

Review: Magnetic Fields live Wilbur

“Similarly, here’s another song about miserable death,” Stephen Merritt drolly informed us between songs.
Magnetic Fields, live Wilbur Theatre, February 11, 2010
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 19, 2010

Photos: The Magnetic Fields at the Wilbur Theatre

Photos of the Magnetic Fields, live at the Wilbur Theatre, on February 11, 2010
The Magnetic Fields, live at the Wilbur Theatre, on February 11, 2010
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  February 19, 2010


Real talk

"If you're not writing about yourself, you can say anything you want, and it will probably be more revealing of your personality than if you're writing openly about your own life."
Stephin Merritt and Magnetic Fields consider Realism
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 05, 2010

The Magnetic Fields | Realism

This will be labeled as the Magnetic Fields' folk album, and fairly so.
Nonesuch (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  January 29, 2010

No sleep ’til Brooklyn

There’s a lot to love about Slumberland Records, the DC-born, Oakland-based label that celebrated its 20th anniversary last weekend with sold-out shows in Washington, DC, and Brooklyn.
Maine ties to Slumberland Records’ 20th anniversary weekend
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 20, 2009

Full speed ahead

The Sea Captains don't take themselves particularly seriously.
Riding high with the Sea Captains
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 16, 2009

A. A. Bondy | When the Devil's Loose

I just don't get most of alt-country — what is it even alting us out of at this point?
Fat Possum (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 28, 2009

Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold covers Magnetic Fields (and, sure, Neutral Milk Hotel)

We're not above getting all hysterical and shit when anyone -- ANYONE -- covers a Neutral Milk Hotel song. Really, we're not. Which is why...
By Carly Carioli  |  July 13, 2009
propellers list

Write. Record. Gig. Repeat.

The Warren-based Propellers are yet another notable band putting in work for the Warren-based label 75OrLess Rec-ords, and their sophomore release, The Propellers: 2 , offers a gradual growth from their self-titled debut.
The Propellers stay the course on The Propellers: 2
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 15, 2009

Giant step

Indie-folk trio the Low Anthem — Jeff Prystowsky, Ben Knox Miller, and Jocie Adams — have signed with Nonesuch Records, which will re-release their highly-acclaimed disc, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, on June 9.
The Low Anthem sign with Nonesuch Records
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 17, 2009

Alt- together now

At some point during the recording of their new album, someone in the Broken Singles realized that Sarah Borges had been botching the chords to their cover of the Lemonheads' "Ride with Me."
Sarah Borges leaps ahead by getting back to basics
By MATT PARISH  |  April 10, 2009

The sneaky flutes are back

I'm on the phone with Damon Tutunjian, one founder of the Boston indie-rock band Swirlies, and he's helping me to understand the Sneaky Flute Empire.
Swirlies revisit a legacy of noisy goodness
By RICHARD BECK  |  February 24, 2009

Music Seen: Dead of Winter

Peaks and valleys are the name of the game with any showcase of too many songwriters that too many people attend, but by and large, Dead of Winter retains its status as a premier night of homegrown entertainment.
SPACE Gallery, January 24, 2009
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 28, 2009

2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008
Photos + Video: Magnetic Fields at Somerville Theater (and Iron Horse)

Photos + Video: Magnetic Fields at Somerville Theater (and Iron Horse)

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By Carly Carioli  |  February 21, 2008

Lonely hearts night

Merritt had a tummy ache from dinner at Porter Exchange. (“So don’t fuck with me,” he warned.)
The Magnetic Fields at Somerville Theatre, February 14, 2008
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  February 19, 2008

Cold remedies

One suspects all colds are terrible in the world of Stephin Merritt.
Stephin Merritt warms up on Distortion
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 07, 2008


Bishop Allen

It’s like a ride within a ride.
The Broken String | Dead Oceans
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 14, 2007

Major threats

Ian MacKaye has set quite a model for how a punk rocker ought to grow up.
Indie-rock weekend: a play in three acts
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 20, 2007

A dreadful night

It was a dreadful night for a number of reasons.
Lemony Snicket in Natick
By BILL JENSEN  |  October 23, 2006

On the racks: October 10, 2006

Plus Robert Pollard, Sting, and the Cure.
From Gothic Archies to Mod Rods to little Lohans
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 10, 2006

Mr. Crafty

When Brett Rosenberg and I meet for an interview in Porter Square, we keep getting distracted by the sight of Al Kooper walking past Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery. Brett Rosenberg, "Absolutely Not" (mp3)
Brett Rosenberg solves a few problems
By BRETT MILANO  |  September 21, 2006


Gallery: Rock 'n' Roll Parents 2

Slideshow: Kelly Davidson's Rock n' Roll Parents 2
Kelly Davidson's musically themed photo show
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 25, 2006

The Strokes

I didn’t love the new stuff.
Second Impressions
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  May 01, 2006