Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum coming to the Beacham in Orlando
In the indie rock world, this is kind of like Sly Stone, J.D. Salinger and Harper Lee heading out on the road with the Warped Tour.
According to his website, reclusive singer-songwriter Jeff Mangum of the influential indie outfit Neutral Milk Hotel is embarking on a rare tour -- or, as he calls it, "one last U.S. acoustic tour" -- that will bring him to Florida for a miraculous THREE shows. Unfortunately, none of them are in Tampa. The closest he'll be is Orlando's Beacham on Jan. 26, with shows in Tallahassee on Jan. 24 and Gainesville on Jan. 25.
Granted, Mangum (above left, pictured back in the day with Neutral Milk Hotel) has been playing out and about a lot more in the last few years than he did from about 1998 to 2010. He has, in fact, played festivals like Coachella and All Tomorrow's Parties.
Regardless, Neutral Milk Hotel is still beloved by indie-folk nerds for their landmark 1998 album In The Aeroplane Over The Sea -- so much so that Parks and Recreation's prickly April picked Mangum as the one rock star she'd most like to get with.
Tickets to the Orlando show are $25-$35, and they go onsale Friday. Tall Firs will open. There will be no photography allowed, including cell phones -- but then, you'd expect nothing less from a living recluse. Click here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*