The Apples in stereo’s Robert Schneider to Support Elephant 6 Cohorts Neutral Milk Hotel on Band’s Final Tour

Publishes Long Article on Mythical Mathematical Genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in McSweeney’s The Believer

(Decatur, GA): The Apples in stereo’s Robert Schneider will provide direct support for Elephant 6 friends Neutral Milk Hotel on several dates over the summer, for the last dates of their long-running reunion tour. Schneider produced, engineered, arranged and performed on both Neutral Milk Hotel albums, and is a lifelong collaborator of NMH leader Jeff Mangum. This is his first tour since apparently leaving the music scene three years ago to pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics at Emory University, studying under world-renowned number theorist Ken Ono.

“I have missed playing shows, and traveling with my friends,” says Schneider. “This is going to be awesome.” Dates below.

But the intervening years have been busy ones for Schneider. This month, he and bandmate Benjamin Phelan have published a long article in The Believer about Schneider’s trip to India to investigate a mathematical super-genius named Srinivasa Ramanujan. (In fact, it’s Ramanujan who’s responsible for Schneider’s musical hiatus–after hearing Ramanujan’s incredible story, he put the band on hold and moved to Georgia to pursue a Ph.D. in number theory.) The article is just as bold and adventurous as anything released under the auspices of Elephant 6. While on tour for 2010’s Travellers in Space and Time, Schneider and Phelan, a new Apple recruited for the tour, who happened also to be a magazine writer (New York Times Book Review, Harpers, Best American Science Writing 2009), discovered a joint love of mathematics, and developed a unique shared perspective on the meaning of Ramanujan’s work. In an article for The Believer, “Encounter with the Infinite,” Schneider and Phelan relate their intricate vision, weaving Schneider and Ramanujan’s story together to create a psychedelic travelogue through Southern India and an inquiry into the nature of infinity. (Link to article:

Wed Jun 3, 2015 McDonald Theatre, 1010 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97401-3133

Thu Jun 4, 2015, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101

Fri Jun 5, 2015 Knitting Factory – Spokane, 919 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA 99201

Sat Jun 6, 2015, Wilma Theatre, 131 S. Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

Mon Jun 8, 2015, Knitting Factory – Boise, 416 S. 9th Street, Boise, ID 83702

Tue Jun 9, 2015, Knitting Factory – Reno, 211 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501

Wed Jun 10, 2015, Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Thu Jun 11, 2015, The Phoenix Theater, 201 East Washington, Petaluma, CA 94952

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