Jeff Mangum

We may never know what caused Jeff Mangum to resurface in the public eye after years and years of ducking under the radar, refusing interviews, and releasing next to no new music. The infamous recluse's Second Coming began a little over a year ago, playing a few shows on the East Coast, including a surprise appearance at Zuccotti Park in October, and releasing some Neutral Milk Hotel rarities and a collectors' vinyl-only box set; this year he's even embarking on a lengthy U.S. and European tour. Altogether, he's fit more activities into the space of one year than the last ten combined. But when miracles happen, we don't question them. In this case, there's no time to—the next time we blink, he might be gone again. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Mon., April 16, 7:30 p.m., 2012

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