The Magnetic Fields

Updated 11/15/2012

Tuesday: Veteran indie faves treat First Ave to fractured and synthy love songs.

The Magnetic Fields
Photo by Marcelo Krasilcic

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS

8 p.m. • First Avenue • 18-plus • $30

Since their legendary 1999 collection "69 Love Songs," the Magnetic Fields have made quick, quirky and clever odes to amore their signature trademark. Songwriter Stephin Merritt delivered some delightfully odd ones on the band's latest, "Love at the Bottom of the Sea," a lighter and poppier collection that landed something of a surprise hit in "Andrew in Drag." For this tour, Merritt's crew is bringing along opener Gal Musette, a ukulele-plucking 14-year-old California girl who is penning 70 love songs in response to Magnetic Fields. Oh fer cute!CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER

MENAHAN STREET BAND

10:30 p.m. • 7th Street Entry • 18-plus • $15

Given its Brooklyn soul pedigree, it would be easy to file this instrumental soul-funk quintet in the heard-it-before bin. But this mishmash of members from the Dap-Kings, Antibalas and Budos Band are clearly their own beast under the MSB moniker. More contemporary than the Dap-Kings and sultrier than the other roots projects, the current-caught horns that made its 2008 debut a hit on the rap-sample circuit are suited for a velvet-draped after-hours lounge. The sometimes backing band for Charles Bradley has found time for its own headlining tour, promoting its new sophomore LP, "The Crossing." Secret Stash DJs open. MICHAEL RIETMULDER