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Neutral Milk Hotel with the Dot Wiggin Band


  • Archive, Concert, Live Music

  • Friday, April 17, 8pm
  • Hunter Center

At the request of the band: Absolutely no cameras, recording devices, or photography of any kind are allowed in the theater. Please do not take photos with your cell phone.

Tickets and wristbands are available for pick-up beginning at 11am on Friday morning. Please bring a photo ID when you pick up your tickets.

Venue doors open at 7pm. Standing room only, first come first served.

Arrive early to visit the museum galleries, which will be open 11am-7pm on Friday. Show your tickets or order receipt at the box office to receive a discounted admission ticket on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (discount applicable for one day only). On Saturday and Sunday, the galleries are open 11am-5pm.

Lots with free parking are located within walking distance of the museum. You can find a parking map here and a map of North Adams with options for food, drinks, and shopping here. A list of nearby restaurants can be found here.

The return of Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel — who influenced a generation of songwriters with a string of records in the ‘90s, culminating with In the Aeroplane Over the Sea — is one of the most welcome re-births in the history of indie music. Mangum was here in 2013 in what was one of his first shows in over a decade. This time he’s back with the whole band.

Dot Wiggin and her sisters formed the infamous all-girl band The Shaggs in the late sixties, lead by their father’s palm-read vision of fame when Philosophy of the World quietly debuted in 1969 and eventually became the crown jewel for outsider music fans because of its charming and discordant pop songs. Frank Zappa said the Shaggs were “better than the Beatles” and Kurt Cobain regarded them as “so obviously the real thing.” Now Dot Wiggin is back to break the silence and share her uncommonly cute, uncanny music on her first ever solo album, Ready! Get! Go! on Alternative Tentacles Records.

The Dot Wiggin Band retains some Shaggs-ish character and has featured members of the Wiggin family on the record and stage. Ready! Get! Go! varies from raw punkish indie to pretty virginal melodies, all with Dot’s whimsical lyrics. Dot’s lyrics are simple but haunting, without ever becoming formulaic or gimmicky. Her peculiar, sweet voice rolls along the different musical styles surprisingly well, tying Ready! Get! Go! together. It is exactly what one wants to hear after a 44-year musical hiatus — something reminiscent of the Shaggs, but refreshingly matured.

Standing room only
$1 from each ticket will benefit charity.