Neutral Milk Hotel's Triumphant Return to St. Louis at the Pageant, 2/5/14: Recap and Setlist

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Critic's Notebook:

- Elf Power was again the perfect opening act, playing chiming and slightly off-kilter guitar pop. Lead singer/guitarist Andrew Rieger dedicated a song to his nephews, who were there to see the show from Cape Girardeau. (I found this out because they were sitting right behind me. Never let it be said that we don't strive for scoops.)

- Unsolicited (and likely unwanted) cover song proposal: Todd Rundgren's "The Night The Carousel Burned Down."

- What better way to end the night then to be greeted by one's favorite local band? A few minutes after NMH finished their set, Middle Class Fashion started theirs in the adjoining Halo Bar. They were in fine form. Lead singer Jenn Malzone mentioned the fact that This American Life had used their song, "Stuck," to close a recent episode. "I was mad at music and just listening to podcasts," she said, "and then I heard the song. It reminded me to never doubt myself again." Smart move, Jenn.

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Everything Is
Two-Headed Boy
The Fool
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Ferris Wheel on Fire
Oh Comely
Song Against Sex
Ruby Bulbs
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Nicholas Goldschmidt
Nicholas Goldschmidt

Pageant ripped the underage kids off. They banned us from the floor even the though the tickets were supposed to be GA. Does anybody know why they did this? I (and 80% of the kids there) had a horrible spot soundwise. I left infuriated that my experience was ruined due to my age.

Christopher Catalano
Christopher Catalano

Do you want to #bee #Famous? If you do you should hangout with famous people and #ALL famous people live in #NYC. Now if you get here and you can't become friends with any famous people then become friends with people who know famous people.... so unless you get really obnoxious when you drink, spit when you talk or smell really bad you should have no problem doing one or the other... So there you go there's the secret step that passes all those other steps that dr phil tells all his wanna bee celebs to take.... #Really this is your golden ticket to easy street.... O i almost forgot you need to have some kind of talent .... you don't have to be great just get kindda good at something's #TRUE there are many pinhead moviestars doing very well... and I'm not hating because I'm not naming anyone specific, know the difference...I can already feel those 2 smart for themselve gurus cursing me up and sideways... LESSON NUMBER 2. The #LIE that their are so many people trying to be movie stars is just so half truth...the truth is that their are so many people trying to be movies stars in the wrong place... ..................So if you wanna bee famous and you're listening to the wrong people GET OFF that LIE highway to nowhere and get on the L.I.E....... P.S Remember, in the words of Alanzo from TRAINING DAY "it's not what you know its who you know"

Dan Buck
Dan Buck

It was all i hoped it would be.

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