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Damon Albarn

Top concerts of 2012

Top concerts of 2012

Here are my favorite concerts from 2012:

1. Neutral Milk Hotel at Athenaeum Theatre, Feb. 6: After releasing two acclaimed albums in the ‘90s, Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum drifted away for more than a decade. His return stacked up as an event, and he delivered: His voice in full cry, nailing notes with conviction and accuracy over guitar strummed so rudely it’s a wonder it didn’t break in half. He sounded renewed, and so did a thrilled audience. "How do you feel about reincarnation?" one fan blurted out. Mangum’s response: "I'm doing it right now."

2. Nick Waterhouse at South by Southwest Music...