The Magnetic Fields, an indie pop-instrumentalist group known for founder Stephen Merritt’s lyrical way with an affecting theme – love and gender-neutrality among them – are striking out on a brief tour this fall.

The quartet will play only six dates from the end of October to early November. In-keeping with Merritt and troupe’s literary overtones (“Magnetic Fields” references the Andre Breton novel, Les Champs Magnétiques), author Emma Straub’s selected readings from her own novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, will provide the opening act for four out of the six dates.

Tickets aren’t yet available on the secondary ticket market, but we’ve got the full list of stops for the band every English teacher wishes you’d listen to (if you’re going to insist on not doing the reading, anyway) below.

The Magnetic Fields Tour Dates 2012

Date City State Venue
10/25/2012  Hudson NY Helsinki Hudson
11/14/2012  St. Louis MO Sheldon Concert Hall
11/15/2012  Detroit MI The Redford Theatre ^ 
11/16/2012  Pittsburgh PA Carnegie Lecture Hall ^
11/17/2012  Washington D.C. Sixth & I Synagogue ^
11/18/2012  Washington D.C. Sixth & I Synagogue ^

^-w/ Emma Straub

The Magnetic Fields Average Ticket Prices 2012

City State Venue Name Date Avg. Price
Philadelphia PA Union Transfer 3/7/2012 $35.83
Vancouver BC Vogue Theatre 3/18/2012 $47.60
Seattle WA The Neptune Theatre 3/19/2012 $56.40
Seattle WA The Neptune Theatre 3/20/2012 $56.00
Portland OR Roseland Theater 3/21/2012 $53.75
Los Angeles CA Orpheum Theatre 3/23/2012 $81.51
Oakland CA Fox Theater – Oakland 3/24/2012 $54.89
Chicago IL Vic Theatre 3/26/2012 $75.86
Chicago IL Vic Theatre 3/27/2012 $57.00
Toronto ON Sound Academy 3/30/2012 $20.00
New York NY Beacon Theatre 4/3/2012 $73.56
New York NY Beacon Theatre 4/4/2012 $79.00
Boston MA Berklee Performance Center 4/6/2012 $95.00
Boston MA Berklee Performance Center 4/7/2012 $84.22
Washington DC 9:30 Club 4/9/2012 $41.31
Carrboro NC Cats Cradle 4/12/2012 $40.00
Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse 4/14/2012 $46.92

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