Jeff Mangum Adds Hartford Show in February

Photo by Corey Greenwell

Jeff Mangum, the former leader of influential indie band Neutral Milk Hotel, performs a solo show on Feb. 8 in the Great Hall in Union Station in Hartford. The bill also includes Music Tapes, the band led by his former Neutral Milk compatriot Julian Koster, and Tall Firs. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Nov. 15, at noon for $30 through Manic Productions or at Redscroll Records in Wallingford.

The Hartford date is part of an ongoing Mangum resurgence. The singer and songwriter released two hugely influential albums with Neutral Milk Hotel in the 1990s, then essentially called it quits in 1998. He didn’t fully disappear,  but he rarely performed and the few appearances he did make invariably ignored the Neutral Milk Hotel catalog — until he began touring again in 2010.

He performed earlier this year in New Haven, and played a staggering show last fall in Northampton. The boomy Great Hall isn’t an ideal venue for Mangum, a quietly intense artist whose shows border on transcendent, but he’s worth seeing wherever he plays.

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