Live: The Magnetic Fields, Meymandi Concert Hall with the Lights Off, 10/18/08
Claudia Gonson, John Woo, Sam Davol and Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields at Variety Theater. Photo by Clay Walker.
By my count, Stephin Merritt only smiled five times during the course of the Magnetic Field's Saturday night show in Raleigh. Mind you, most of those were half-smiles in response to his own acerbic comments. But they were smiles nonetheless and that makes me think Merritt hates this live thing - this prostitution of art.