Neutral Milk Hotel reunion tour coming in March

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The biggest news of the week for indie-rock fans is the announcement that Neutral Milk Hotel's reunion run will hit Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on March 26.

This is the band that released one of the most brilliant albums of the '90s, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea," in 1998, and then split a year later, with its mercurial frontman Jeff Mangum becoming a musical recluse.

NMH played a 1996 show, supporting the debut album, "Avery Island," at the Oakland Beehive, wedged between Merge labelmates Butterglory and the Karl Hendricks Trio. It returned to open for Superchunk at Graffiti in 1998.

In 2008, Mr. Mangum made surprise appearances on the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour -- including a show at the Brillobox -- playing Neutral Milk Hotel songs publicly for the first time since 2001.

In January, the now 43-year-old singer-guitarist turned up at Carnegie Music Hall for a solo show looking like a survivor rescued from a deserted island but in good spirits and sounding every bit like his old potent self.

Neutral Milk Hotel reunited for a fall tour, which now has been expanded into 2014. Elf Power opens the show.

Tickets are $35 and go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday via www.ticketmaster.com. It is presented by Warhol Sound Series and Opus One Productions.

Other recent announcements:

* British singer-songwriter and guitarist virtuoso Richard Thompson, whose latest album, ironically, is titled "Electric," returns to the Byham Theater on March 1 for a solo acoustic show that will also feature son Teddy Thompson. Tickets on sale now via www.trustarts.org. Note that this is the same night the Avett Brothers are playing the Petersen Center.

* Phish has been bad about playing Pittsburgh the past few years, but we are getting a visit from bassist Mike Gordon, who will play Stage AE on March 7. His fourth solo studio album, "Overstep," is due Feb. 25. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via ticketmaster.com.

* Reggae/funk/jam band Slightly Stoopid returns to Stage AE on March 22. Tickets also on sale Friday.


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