Matthew Sweet marks 20th anniversary of "Girlfriend" with tour
Matthew Sweet is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of his "Girlfriend" album with a tour that features the entire record played from start to finish.
The roadwork kicks off Apr. 21 with a West Coast run stretching from San Francisco to Seattle. An East Coast leg gets going June 8 in Philadelphia and barnstorms the northeast until reaching Tarrytown, NY, on June 23. Included in this run is a co-headlining show with Built to Spill on June 21 in Buffalo, NY. Additional tour dates may be added.
"Girlfriend" came out in October 1991 to critical acclaim and brisk sales, fueled by the popularity of the title track. In an era of grunge, "Girlfriend" was considered by many to be a breakthrough power-pop album, setting the table for the clever lyrics and strong hooks of 1990s alt-rock.
Sweet never duplicated the success of "Girlfriend," but he has continued to put out a steady stream of solo albums, and in recent years has collaborated with Bangles frontwoman Susanna Hoffs on a pair of cover albums ("Under the Covers," Vols. 1 and 2) paying tribute to the pair's favorite songs of the 1960s and 1970s.
21 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
22 - Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theater
24 - Portland, OR - Aladdin
25, 26 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
8 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe
9 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11, 12 - New York, NY - City Winery
13 - Bay Shore, NY - The Boulton Center
14 - South Orange, NJ - SOPAC
15 - Red Bank, NJ - Two River Theater
17 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
19 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
20 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt
21 - Buffalo, NY - Harbor (w/ Built to Spill)
22 - Albany, NY - The Egg
23 - Tarrytown, NY - Tarrytown Music Hall