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The Magnetic Fields get real on the road

on November 17, 2009, 1:00pm

As you probably know by now, Peter Gabriel isn’t the only reason The Magnetic Fields have been in the headlines of late. On January 26th, Stephin Merritt-led outfit will release its eighth studio album, Realism. If that wasn’t enough, we can also report that the band has chosen to support the release with two months worth of U.S. tour dates beginning February 4th in Washington, D.C. The trek includes multi-night stints in Boston, Portland, and Seattle before capping off with two performances in New York on the 10th and 11th of March.

Getting back to Realism for a moment, Pitchfork has a few more details on the upcoming full-length. The album will replace the Psychocandy fixation of the band’s last album, 2008’s Distortion, with a sound informed by “late 1960s/early 70s orchestral and psychedelic folk.” As a result, the band used no electric instruments in the studio, instead choosing to go with everything from accordions and violins to tubas and nontraditional percussion instruments like tabla and, seriously, tree leaves.

Tree leaves live? Yes, please.

The Magnetic Fields 2010 Tour Dates:
02/04 – Washington, DC @ Lisner Auditorium
02/06 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
02/08 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
02/10 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
02/11 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
02/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
02/21 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
02/22 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
02/23 – Seattle, WA @ Town Hall
02/24 – Seattle, WA @ Town Hall
02/27 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
03/01 – San Francisco, CA @ Herbst Theatre
03/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wilshire Ebell Theatre
03/04 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
03/05 – Bloomington, IN @ Buskirk Chumley Theater
03/06 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
03/07 – Chicago, IL @ Harris Theater at Millenium Park
03/10 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
03/11 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
03/22 – London, UK @ Barbican Centre

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