Stephin Merritt

Stephin Merritt appears in the following:

Live In-Studio: The Magnetic Fields

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Not long ago, Stephin Merritt wrote the first “confessional” song of his life. Then he wrote 49 more.


Stephin Merritt Sees the Signs

Friday, March 10, 2017

Last month, host Julian Fleisher and guest Stephin Merritt talked songs in front of an audience for the first-ever live taping of the Naked American Songbook. 

Karaoke With Rob Sheffield; Future Bible Heroes Play Live

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

With John Schaefer on vacation this week, Soundcheck is turning to special guests to fill the host chair and revisiting some of our favorite interviews and studio performances.

In this episode: Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield talks about his recent karaoke-themed memoir called Turn Around Bright Eyes – and about his favorite karaoke jams, do’s and don’ts in the karaoke booth, and karaoke’s meteoric U.S. rise from obscure Japanese hobby to mainstream American entertainment. 

Plus, the Soundcheck staff shares some of their karaoke hits and misses – from Temple of the Dog to Whitney – and asks listeners to do the same.

And: Synth-pop ensemble Future Bible Heroes recently put out Partygoing, its first full-length album since 2002’s Eternal Youth. Anchored by vocalist and lyricist Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, the group performs in the Soundcheck studio.


Tales Of Love And Karaoke; Future Bible Heroes

Monday, August 05, 2013

In this episode: Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield talks about his new karaoke-themed memoir, Turn Around Bright Eyes.

Then, members of the Soundcheck staff share some karaoke hits and misses, and ask listeners to do the same.

And synth pop group Future Bible Heroes -- anchored by Magnetic Fields members Stephin Merritt, Claudia Gonson, and electronic musician Chris Ewen -- drop by the Soundcheck studio to perform songs from its first full-length album since 2002, Partygoing

Watch: Future Bible Heroes, Live On Soundcheck

Monday, August 05, 2013

Hear synth-pop band Future Bible Heroes -- led by vocalist and lyricist Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, Boston-based DJ Chris Ewen and Magnetic Fields member Claudia Gonson --...

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Stephin Merritt Plays Beck, With A Toy Piano

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Magnetic Fields songwriter delivers and eerie and playful version of "Old Shanghai" from Beck's Song Reader project.

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Beck, Stephin Merritt And The 'Song Reader'

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tune in Thursday, Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. ET for live conversation, calls and in-studio performances.

Beck And Stephin Merritt Talk About 'Song Reader'

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Beck Hansen just put out his latest release last week, except it's not a new album. It's not even a recording. Instead, this new project comes in the form of an old-fashioned songbook...

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The 'Strange Powers' of the Magnetic Fields

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

There’s a new movie hitting theatres this week called “Strange Powers.” It follows a band that, according to the film’s disclaimer, is iconic to some and completely unknown to others.

The band is called The Magnetic Fields. And though they’ve been making albums since 1989, their founding member, Stephin Merritt, is still a mystery to many.

Meritt and Claudia Gonson (who provides vocals and instrumentals for the band, and also serves as the band's manager) join us in studio, to give us a small glimpse into their lives, their music, and the film.

After the jump, an extended version of our studio interview with Merritt and Gonson.

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