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Music

MUSIC REVIEW

Jeff Mangum rewards devoted fans

CAMBRIDGE - Operating under the moniker Neutral Milk Hotel, Jeff Mangum recorded two albums - one of which, “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,’’ rapidly revealed itself as one of the best of its era - and then vanished for a dozen years.

As a result, all Mangum has to do to wring fervent applause out of his devoted cult following is walk onstage. That’s precisely what happened Friday night at Sanders Theatre, where a sold-out crowd that included fellow musical explorer Amanda Palmer gave Mangum a hero’s welcome just for showing up.

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