Jeff Mangum, the brilliant songwriter behind legendary '90s indie band Neutral Milk Hotel, was in recluse mode for about a decade there. But in recent years he's been easing back into the public eye, including a surprise appearance at the Columbus stop on the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise tour in 2008 and another unannounced performance at Occupy Wall Street last year. Planned, official Mangum tour dates are still a rarity, so a headlining gig Jan. 14 at the Southern Theatre is huge news. The show, presented by the Wexner Center, also features Tall Firs and Briars of North America. Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 10 a.m. for $30 according to the Wexner Center site.
UPDATE: Mangum's full tour dates are at his website, along with a suitably strange note that reads:
hello friends in a flock of finches unfolding from the face of a foam horse on the phone to inform you that jeff is heading out for a u.s. acoustic tour, giving him the chance to play to all the silver citizens dwelling in citys that he has yet to sing in.
It's worth noting that according to Pitchfork, at one point today the note read "one last tour," not just "a tour." So that's creepy.