Cult favorite indie rock act Neutral Milk Hotel was supposedly reuniting to play the Tiny Mix Fest in Minneapolis in August. Trouble is, the band's agent knew nothing of the event.

Cult favorite indie rock act Neutral Milk Hotel was supposedly reuniting to play the Tiny Mix Fest in Minneapolis in August. Trouble is, the band's agent knew nothing of the event. Nor did the manager of the Apples In Stereo, who are listed on a flyer on the Tiny Mix Tapes site in what its creators now acknowledge was an early April Fool's Joke.

Hair Police, Sage Francis, Atmosphere, Wooden Wand, Sunn 0))), Boris, Jesu, the Flying Lutenbachers, Busdriver, Dan Deacon, Mount Eerie and the Plastic Constellations were among the other groups on the phony bill.

This is the second Neutral Milk Hotel-related hoax to circulate online in the past year. Last summer, a Web posting attributed to reclusive group leader Jeff Mangum that referenced the progress on his first new album since 1998's iconic "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" hit the Web. But Mangum, via Apples In Stereo principal Robert Schneider, quickly disavowed its authenticity.

Neutral Milk Hotel has not played live in nearly a decade, although Mangum has made sporadic, unannounced appearances at shows by Olivia Tremor Control and Elf Power in recent years.