The Magnetic Fields have announced a string of tour dates in October and November!! The exact dates for the shows and when tickets go on sale can be found at the House of Tomorrow calendar page. The band promises some events featuring only Stephin Merritt as well as some further full-band appearances, to be announced at a later date.
I, myself, will be attending the St. Louis and Detroit shows, being the true Midwesterner that I am. If any of ya'll plan on attending those shows, hit me up and say hello. I'll be the most handsome man there, with the widest smile.
There's also this very interesting essay dissecting Mr. Merritt's work in relation to absurdity. It's an example of the type of music journalism I wish was done more often, particularly in relation to Mr. Merritt's work.