Though morally opposed to anything classified as “indie” in the music blogosphere, we must admit we have a special place in our mainstream-inclined heart for Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel, whose melancholic songs dot the soundscape of our misspent youth. At long last, we can relive our lugubrious adolescence, as the reclusive front man will be performing this evening at BAM. His tunes will stir long-repressed memories, from that fated summer romance back in ’96 (no, we don’t forgive you, Alejandro!) to the first time we got our hands on peppermint schnapps. Arriving to the show as the doors open, we’ll position ourselves in prime Mangum-swooning position. As he takes the mic, our chest will heave with a smoky sigh: What a beautiful face we have found in this place!
Jeff Mangum, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 8 p.m. Tickets, from $35, available at http://tickets.bam.org/tickets/reserve.aspx?performanceNumber=6289.