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Jeff Mangum expands tour

Earlier this year, Neutral Milk Hotel’s reclusive frontman Jeff Mangum got our attention with a surprise show in Brooklyn. Later, Neutral Milk Hotel announced a giant box set and Mangum set out on an international tour. Now he’s extending that tour, and we’re still wondering if there’s a new album on the way. We’ll let you know if we hear anything. For now, catch Mangum on one of these dates…

01/18 – New Haven, CT @ Shubert Theater
01/20 – Brooklyn, NY Gilman Opera House @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
01/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Irvine Auditorium at University of Pennsylvania
01/27 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre On Sale on Fri, 11/11 at 12pm EST
01/30 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Memorial Hall at University of North Carolina
02/01 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
02/04 – Minneapolis, MN Pantages Theatre On Sale on Fri, 11/11 at 12pm CST
02/06 – Chicago, IL Athenaeum Theater On Sale on Fri, 11/11 at 12pm CST
02/07 – Chicago, IL Athenaeum Theater On Sale on Fri, 11/11 at 12pm CST
02/08 – Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater On Sale on Fri, 11/11 at 12pm CST
02/10 – Athens, GA 40 Watt Club On Sale on Fri, 11/11 at 12pm EST
02/11 – Athens, GA 40 Watt Club On Sale on Fri, 11/11 at 12pm EST
03/07 – Dublin, IRE Vicar Street (Rescheduled Date) SOLD OUT
03/09 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties Curated By Jeff Mangum
03/10 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties Curated By Jeff Mangum
03/11 – Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties Curated By Jeff Mangum
03/13 – London, UK @ Union Chapel
03/14 – London, UK @ Union Chapel


Week in review: Cut copy, Lykke Li, Coachella, Best Coast and tons more

It’s monday. And what’s the best way to start a new week? Look back at the coolest stuff that happened last week, of course.

    Cut Copy's "Zonoscope" is due Feb 8

  • Cut Copy has us worried. Another track from the Australian power-synthpop act’s super-anticipated Zonoscope was released last week. And it’s pretty, um, weak. Our hopes for the album have been ratcheted down a few notches. Sucks.
  • Coachella sells out in a week! For Southern Californians and festival-junkies across the country, the biggest news (and for some, unfortunately, the most shocking news) was that little ol’ Coachella sold out in less than a week. How does this happen? The Downcast investigates, welcomes you to the Age of Festivals here.
  • In other Coachella news, the Washington Post actually suggests that fan backlash over the inclusion of Kanye West on the bill was racism. Stupid.
  • Hopes for new material from indie-awesome, beloved Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum were re-kindled last week with word that he’s scheduled another live performance. We’re also tossing some of that spark under our hopes for a new Neutral Milk Hotel album.
  • Japanese all-of-the-above (metal, hard, stoner, doom, ambient, experimental) rockers Boris announced they have a bunch of new albums coming out this year. Austin epic-instrumental rock guys Explosions in the Sky also have a new LP on the way soon. And could there be a new Ladytron in November? The Downcast was the first to get wind of this.
  • In one of our favorite interviews last week, the Best Coast chick (Bethany Cosentino) joined her boyfriend, the Wavves guy (Nathan Williams), for their first-ever joint-interview (the two bands are on tour together, too). This is actually the second go at their relationship. Best Coast chick dumped Wavves guy a while back because he was dancing on a table, acting like an idiot. More here.
  • Is a 50s music revival on the way? By now you’re familiar with (if not, sick of) the 80s revival in the realm of indie music. But we’re seeing compelling signs that a 50s revival is now underway, with (free) new music from Sweet 17, Mister Heavenly and Hunx and His Punx.  Oh, and there’s the whole thing with Jack White stirring things up with 50s rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson.

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"Wounded Rhymes" by Lykke Li is due Feb 28

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Neutral Milk Hotel front man to play another show

Neutral Milk Hotel frontman, Jeff Mangum, is set to perform at the Portishead-curated “I’ll Be Your Mirror” festival on September 30th. (Rolling Stone) Mangum has kept a pretty low profile over the last decade, despite the slow-building popularity of Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (which was released way, way back in 1998). Last year, however, Mangum surprised fans at a couple of surprise shows (including this show in Brooklyn last month).

Could the recent spate of appearances mean a new album’s in the works?  Either a solo effort or a fresh serving of Neutral Milk? We don’t think so. He didn’t play any new material at his shows last year, and despite our best efforts here, we couldn’t find any news on any studio activity.


Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel guy) plays surprise show

Jeff Mangum, the former frontman for the much worshiped, short-lived Neutral Milk Hotel, surprised a tiny crowd of about 100-or-so at the Brooklyn Schoolhouse on Saturday. (Tinymixtapes) He played a range of songs from NMH’s two albums (hear the last half of his set here) for the stunned audience which reported the performance was “heavenly”, “absolutely transcendental.” The show “may very well go down as the greatest show of all time,” said Tinymixtapes.

Unfortunately, this is not the first act in an NMH return, or a Jeff Mangum solo project. Wikipedia reports Saturday night’s show was a just one-time performance.