• “This band makes THE ASSOCIATION sound like hard core heavy metal.”

My colleague Sam Worley (whose excellent story on crossword puzzles I can’t recommend enough) saw last Monday’s Magnetic Fields show at the Vic, and on Friday weighed in once more, arguing, if I may take the liberty of paraphrasing, that Stephin Merritt is more troubadour than glibly cynical wit (and if you don’t buy that, check out this, where Merritt ignores the cluelessness of an early-morning Atlanta news-show host and just quietly and heartbreakingly hits it home).*

I saw the Tuesday show at the Vic, with Kelly Hogan opening.