Previews: Matthew Sweet at the Hi-Fi

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Alternative Artist Matthew Sweet Comes to Play Indy’s Hi-Fi

Well, you can’t keep a good man down, not for long anyway. It’s official brothers and sisters, Matthew Sweet stops to play our humble little burg on the 24th. Currently touring to promote his latest album, Sweet descends on our very own Hi-Fi to show us Hoosiers what music is. Please dress accordingly.

A Brief History

Matthew Sweet’s career spans three decades and has left his indelible mark on popular music. Beginning his career in high school, the Lincoln, Nebraska native initially participated in local battle of the bands contests. After graduating, Sweet entered college. By a grand stroke of luck, he went to college in Athens, Georgia. A town which, in the early 80s, was home to a vibrant music scene. How vibrant? Well, the Athens scene would be the scene that gave rise to R.E.M. and unleashed Michael Stipe on an unsuspecting world.
Having previously met Stipe when the former played has hometown, Sweet sought out and collaborated with the R.E.M. frontman. This lead to other collaborations, one of which landed Sweet a record contract.

In 1986, Sweet released his debut. Sadly, while the album did well with the critics, commercial reception was indifferent. In fact, it wasn’t until 1991 that Matthew Sweet made any kind of commercial splash. But when he finally did, he did in a big way. 1991’s Girlfriend both generated a top ten single (the title track, in case you’re curious) and propelled Sweet to stardom. Even now, critics and fans consider it Sweet’s best album, with The A.V. Club going so far as to call it the best power pop album of the 90s.

Since then, Sweet has steadily released albums and singles, generally to positive reception and garnered a following in Japan.

So, as always. The venue is the Hi-Fi, door’s at 7:00PM.

See you there!

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