Enigmatic and self-serving, Neutral Milk Hotel established long ago that they are perfectly fine being one of indie rock’s great mysteries. In the years since the group issued its last full-length, 1998’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, which was stuffed with quirky, unforgettable melodies, the band has amassed a legend mostly based on that record. But only until last year, reclusive frontman Jeff Mangum has ignored the accolades and shied away from reactivating the group. In 2011, he dipped his toe in the water, playing some solo sets where fans shouted Neutral Milk Hotel songs like “Two-Headed Boy” back at him and respected his request that they not photograph him. Neutral Milk Hotel played a run of shows last year, and beginning tonight, they’re beginning a three-night Brooklyn stint. Fans will want to see them before they see a two-headed shadow. With openers Elf Power.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Jan. 23. Continues through Jan. 25, 2014