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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)
| 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,...
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| February 19, 2010
"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
| February 05, 2010
The Magnetic Fields | Realism
This will be labeled as the Magnetic Fields' folk album, and fairly so.
| 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
| November 20, 2009
Full speed ahead
The Sea Captains don't take themselves particularly seriously.
Riding high with the Sea Captains
| 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)
| 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...
| July 13, 2009
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
| May 15, 2009
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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| January 28, 2009
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
BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| December 24, 2008
Photos + Video: Magnetic Fields at Somerville Theater (and Iron Horse)
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| 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
| February 19, 2008
One suspects all colds are terrible in the world of Stephin Merritt.
Stephin Merritt warms up on Distortion
| January 07, 2008
It’s like a ride within a ride.
The Broken String | Dead Oceans
| August 14, 2007
Ian MacKaye has set quite a model for how a punk rocker ought to grow up.
Indie-rock weekend: a play in three acts
| June 20, 2007
A dreadful night
It was a dreadful night for a number of reasons.
Lemony Snicket in Natick
| 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
| October 10, 2006
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
| 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
| August 25, 2006
I didn’t love the new stuff.
| May 01, 2006
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