I'm willing to bet that more than one Lawrence indie music lover had a bit of a joy-conniption (I count myself) over the huge news Monday that Liberty Hall will host not only Morrissey but also the lesser-known-but-highly-influential Jeff Mangum. They're both great gets for Lawrence. Mangum plays Jan. 18.
Mangum is the singer-songwriter behind Neutral Milk Hotel and its coming-to-be-iconic, highly cryptic and highly praised 1998 album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.
Tickets go on sale via Tickmaster online at 1 p.m. Thursday, a time that was reportedly moved up from Friday to prevent an overload of Mangum and Morrissey fans. For the extra anxious, Liberty, 644 Mass., will start selling in-person at 10 a.m. Prices there are $27.50 for general admission and $35.50 for reserved balcony. (With Ticketmaster's fees, they're charging $34.30/$43.55, but note that Liberty is cash-only.)
A portion of the ticket sales ($1 per ticket) is set to go to Children of the Blue Sky, a charity that aims to help street children in Mongolia.
Mangum doesn't tour often, though he has sporadically played larger festivals (and Occupy Wall Street) in the past year or so.