Why Are R.E.M. Trying to Save a Church Steeple?

November 3, 2014

Alternative rock legends R.E.M. played their first show on April 5th, 1980 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia – one destination on Rolling Stone's list of Music Landmark Attractions. But the building was demolished in 1990 to...


Elephant 6 Documentary Seeking Funds

September 24, 2014

The people behind a documentary about the Elephant 6 Recording Company – the collective of musicians founded by members of the Olivia Tremor Control, the Apples in Stereo and Neutral Milk Hotel in the early Nineties – is seeking funds to finish...

Live Review

15 Best Things We Saw at Merge 25

July 28, 2014

Amid the exquisite domed acoustics of Duke University's Baldwin Auditorium in Durham, North Carolina, a small voice haltingly emanated from the stage: "I am delighted (and nervous) to welcome you all to the first evening of our celebration of ourselves."...


Fun Fun Fun Fest: Judas Priest, Nas, Neutral Milk Hotel to Headline

May 19, 2014

Heavy-metal trailblazers Judas Priest will headline Fun Fun Fun Fest this fall as their first announced date of an U.S. tour in support of their upcoming record, Redeemer of Souls. It's their first concert since they completed their Epitaph Tour, their...



Neutral Milk Hotel Reunite for First Show in 15 Years

October 12, 2013

When Jeff Mangum walked onstage alone at the 2640 Space in Baltimore last night, the audience didn’t seem to recognize him at first. It was, after all, the first Neutral Milk Hotel show in almost 15 years.  Mangum’s face was covered...


Neutral Milk Hotel Set First Live Dates Since 1999

April 29, 2013

Neutral Milk Hotel are reuniting for their first live shows since 1999, with a handful of dates announced and a note that promises "more to come." So far, they are set to play two shows at Athens, Georgia's 40 Watt Club on October 22nd and 23rd, as well...


Superchunk Bassist Laura Ballance Won't Tour With Band

May 17, 2013

Superchunk are releasing a new album I Hate Music this August, but bassist and founding member Laura Ballance won't be joining them on the road to promote it. Ballance has penned a note on Superchunk's website explaining that she has developed hyperacusis...


Soft Machine Singer Kevin Ayers Dead at 68

February 20, 2013

Kevin Ayers, best known as a founding member of Soft Machine, has died in France, The Guardian reports. He was 68. No cause of death has been announced. The singer and songwriter started the group in 1966 with Robert Wyatt, Daevid Allen, Mike Ratledge...



Jeff Mangum Plans Occupy Wall Street Fundraiser

October 24, 2012

After making a surprise appearance at Zuccotti Park last year to support the Occupy Wall Street movement, former Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum will be a part of the self-described telethon "The People's Bailout" November 15th at New York's...


Julian Koster Talks New Music Tapes Album

September 9, 2012

For Julian Koster – Music Tapes leader, singing saw-playing catalyst of the Elephant 6 collective, Neutral Milk Hotel member – everything is "amazing and kind of terrible" these days. Koster recently returned from Athens, perennial home of...



Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum Extends Solo Tour

June 20, 2011

Jeff Mangum Adds More Solo DatesNeutral Milk Hotel songwriter Jeff Mangum has added five dates to his upcoming solo tour. In addition to a string of sold out shows announced earlier this year, the reclusive singer will also play at the First Unitarian...


Neutral Milk Hotel's Reclusive Frontman Jeff Mangum Returning to Stage

January 26, 2011

Jeff Mangum, the notoriously private frontman of the indie-folk band Neutral Milk Hotel, will play his first major live show in a decade at the I'll Be Your Mirror festival on September 30th. The festival is being curated by Portishead and All Tomorrow's...


Neutral Milk Hotel Unearths New Music for Box Set

August 26, 2011

Jeff Mangum, the reclusive songwriter behind Neutral Milk Hotel, has announced plans to self-release a vinyl-only box set compiling the band's entire body of work, including 15 previously unreleased tracks. The set will include the band's two albums,...


Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum to Curate All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in England

February 16, 2011

Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum has been announced as the curator of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival on December 2nd through 4th in Minehead, England. In addition to his solo set on the opening night, the bill will include performances by...



Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum Emerges for Rare Solo Set

May 7, 2010

For the first time in more than a decade, indie-rock icon Jeff Mangum took the stage solo last night. At a benefit show at New York's Le Poisson Rouge, the frontman of the lo-fi indie-folk group Neutral Milk Hotel performed a short but sweet 25-minute,...



Radiohead, Neutral Milk Hotel Help Vinyl Sales Almost Double In 2008

January 8, 2009

While CD sales continue to decline, vinyl is still experience a renaissance: 89 percent more LPs were sold last year than in '07. Part of the leap can be attributed to Capitol Records' decision to reissue many of their most famous albums on vinyl, as...


Album Review

In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

February 13, 1998

Those two great overgrown gardens of American mainstream pop, the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds and Fleetwood Mac's Tusk, have had oddly different effects on their admirers. Looked at one way, the albums responsibly connect with old American idioms — the...