Noise Pop 2010

The Magnetic Fields

Sat Feb 27, 2010 - Mon Mar 1, 2010
Multiple locations


"Three-Way," the opening song on Distortion, introduces, in a deceptively exuberant blast of pop noise, the themes and obsessions of Magnetic Fields' eighth album. The lyrics simply consist of gleefully repeated exclamations, by male and female voices, of the song title. While "Three-Way" may summon images of Twister-like physical exertions in a situation where three is not a crowd, the subsequent material describes scenarios in which desire itself is twisted into dark, alluring shapes and love remains tantalizingly unrequited. Using a modest number of instruments, composer and producer Stephin Merritt creates a veritable wall of sound. He employs no synthesizers; instead, he generates waves of feedback that envelop every track like a spiky black gift-wrapping.


San Francisco Locations
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA
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Oakland Locations
Fox Theater - Oakland
1807 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA
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  1. Herbst Theatre
    401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA
  2. Fox Theater - Oakland
    1807 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA