September 19, 2019, 8:00 pm at City Winery, 650 North Avenue Northeast, ##201, Atlanta, GA
After spending the '80s as an up-and-coming jangle pop guitarist with Oh-OK, Lloyd Cole, and in his own band, Buzz of Delight, Matthew Sweet emerged in 1991 as the leading figure of the American power pop revival. Sweet adhered to traditional song craft, yet subverted the form by adding noisy post-punk guitar and flourishes of country-rock, resulting in an amalgam of the Beatles, Big Star, R.E.M., and Neil Young.Sweet's third album, Girlfriend (1991), became a word-of-mouth critical and commercial hit over the course of 1992, with its title track reaching the Top Five on the Modern Rock charts and went on to achieve platinum certification. For the next five years, as alternative rock was the dominant commercial force in rock & roll, Sweet became a very popular concert attraction and solidified his reputation as the premiere alternative pop singer/songwriter.His next two records, Altered Beast (1993) and 100% Fun (1995) were both critically acclaimed and successful albums, going gold and platinum making many year-end best-of lists. Tomorrow's Daughter--the follow-up to the artist's acclaimed 2017 set Tomorrow Forever--is a persuasive testament to the enduring qualities of Sweet's adventurous, emotion-charged songcraft. A live album from the Girlfriend era is scheduled for release in spring of 2019.