16 Jul 2008
Recumbent 
The Magnetic Fields, back from their European tour (check out The Independent's review of their Cadogan Hall date), are happy to announce that they will be traveling stateside once again to play a short string of dates this October. The shows kickoff Friday 10 October 2008 in Minneapolis and end with a run up the East Coast that will include a return stop to the New York City area. A limited number of pre-sale tickets for most shows will be available starting Tuesday, July 15 through Music Today:

General advance sales will start on or around 18 July 2008, with tickets available in most cases at the venue's box office as well as at Ticketmaster and some third-party outlets. Please visit the House of Tomorrow calendar for specific details on pricing, onsale dates, and ticket sellers:

The Magnetic Fields October 2008 Tour Schedule

10 (Fri) Minneapolis, MN, The State Theater
11 (Sat) Madison, WI, Capitol Theater at Overture Center for the Arts
13 (Mon) Dallas, TX, The Majestic*
14 (Tue) Austin, TX, The Paramount Theater*
15 (Wed) Boulder, CO The Boulder Theater
17 (Fri) Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center
18 (Sat) Raleigh, NC, Meymandi Concert Hall at Progress Energy Center
23 (Thu) Jersey City, NJ, Leows Jersey Theatre
24 (Fri) Columbus, OH, The Southern Theatre
25 (Sat) Philadelphia, PA, The Merriam Theater**
26 (Sun) Washington, DC, Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University

* Music Today pre-sale not available
** Music Today pre-sales start 4 August

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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