LIVE: Matthew Sweet @ The Egg, 6/22/12

July 27th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg
Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

First off, it’s become a trend for popular artists from past decades to hit the road and tour their most popular or important album or CD from back in the day.

They play their recording live from beginning to end, giving their die-hard fans a chance to relive the songs in a more intimate setting rather then the arenas, stadiums or large theaters they had performed songs from it at the height of their popularity.

Earlier this year, Collective Soul did just that at The Egg, with a superb rendering of their magnum opus, “Dosage.” This time around, Matthew Sweet and his stellar band performed his 1990 power pop masterpiece, “Girlfriend.”

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Matthew Sweet, What Do You Listen to When You Clean the House?

June 19th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg
Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet

“If I’m wanting to feel soothed, it’s probably Bill Evans. Robert Quine turned me on to him, and man, he really knew the great stuff.

I might play something that’s more new wavy, too, like the Nerves – something that’s more upbeat.

But there’s so many things I love. I could probably clean to the Beach Boys as well.”

Matthew Sweet pops into The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Friday (June 22), performing his classic 1991 alt-pop masterwork “Girlfriend” in its entirety, as well as other pop nuggets from his considerable discography. The like-minded A Fragile Tomorrow opens the show. Tix are $28.

MATTHEW SWEET & SUSANNA HOFFS’ “Under the Covers, Vol. 2”

July 21st, 2009, 2:04 pm by Greg

underTheCovers(Shout Factory, 2009): Standing there watching the Cowsills in concert at the Empire State Plaza a few weeks ago, Sara complimented Susan Cowsill by suggesting that she sounded like Lonesome Val Haynes. I agreed, and hyphenated the assessment to Lonesome Val-meets-Susanna Hoffs.

The next day, I walked into the WAMC radio station, where Ray Graf handed me this album without any prompting whatsoever. It felt kinda cosmic.

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