Jeff Mangum to return to the stage in 2012

Jeff Mangum

Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel

Okay, so I’ll admit my day hadn’t been going quite as planned. But it’s hard to be depressed about anything when you learn one of indie music’s most reclusive modern songwriters is going to actually make more live appearances in 2012. According to Pitchfork, Mangum will be playing a string of dates in the US and Europe, including two-night stints at Chicago’s Athenaeum Theater and Atlanta’s 40 Watt Club.

Surely these dates are going to sell out insanely fast, but if any one musician is worth fighting it out for tickets, Mangum would be among most music fans’ top five. The dates are below, and for kicks, enjoy this live version of “The King of Carrot Flowers 1 – 3” from 2001:

01-18 New Haven, CT – Shubert Theater
01-20 Brooklyn, NY – Gilman Opera House at Brooklyn Academy of Music
01-25 Philadelphia, PA – Irvine Auditorium at University of Pennsylvania
01-27 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
01-30 Chapel Hill, NC – Memorial Hall at University of North Carolina
02-01 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
02-04 Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre
02-06 Chicago, IL – AthenaeumTheater
02-07 Chicago, IL – Athenaeum Theater
02-08 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
02-10 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
02-11 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
03-07 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
03-09-11 Minehead, England – ATP Curated By Jeff Mangum
03-13 London, England – Union Chapel
03-14 London, England – Union Chapel

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