Mangum for Knox
As part of a benefit for musician Chris Knox, who suffered a stroke last June, indie’s “reclusive demigod” Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum will perform a very rare acoustic set at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge on May 6. Mangum’s publicist was quick to dash the Internet’s collective hopes, saying that the singer “is doing the show specifically to help raise money for his close friend and it’s not the start of a comeback.” Mangum performed the Tall Dwarfs gem “Sign the Dotted Line,” for the Chris Knox benefit album, Stroke. All the money raised after direct club expenses will go to the Knox Family. The lineup for the night includes the Clean (as well as solo Robert Scott and David Kilgour sets), Yo La Tengo, Portastatic, Kyp Malone, Claudia Gonson of the Magnetic Fields, and comedian John Mulaney, among others. The gig will be “partially recorded” for later broadcasts on New Zealand community radio stations.