Friday's SXSW showcase lineup marked one of the music festival's best selections of artists of the week, keeping fans running from venue to venue throughout downtown Austin. San Francisco's 18th annual Noise Pop Festival went off without a hitch again this year, bringing a stellar lineup of indie favorites to the Bay Area last week (2/23–3/1). The 18th annual Noise Pop Festival will take place Feb. 23 through March 1 at several venues throughout San Francisco, CA., according to a press release. Indie-pop veterans The Magnetic Fields have mapped a mid-winter headlining tour in support of the group's forthcoming studio album, "Realism." Indie-pop outfit Magnetic Fields plan a return to the road this fall with a run of headlining dates in support of the band's most recent studio effort, "Distortion." Indie-pop outfit Magnetic Fields and alt-rock duo The Mountain Goats head the list of early bookings for the 16th annual San Francisco Noise Pop Festival. Indie synth-pop band The Magnetic Fields will launch a rare live outing in February that coincides with the group's forthcoming new album, its first in almost four years.
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In 1999, Magnetic Fields--a project of diversified songwriter Stephin Merritt--released a three-disc set, "69 Love Songs." It delivered exactly what this title suggests--dozens of rich, bouncy, slow or funny songs in a variety of tones.