The power-pop pioneer Matthew Sweet will play the Mollie Parnis auditorium at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 12, beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Sweet was a ubiquitous presence on the FM airwaves and MTV during the early 90s. His catchy power-pop song Girlfriend, along with its innovative video, was inescapable. Two decades later, Sweet is hitting it big with yet another trend-setting album, Modern Art. Still evident are echoes of Sweet's touchstones: the Beatles, Byrds, Beach Boys and Big Star.
Matthew Sweet began playing music while he was a high school student in his native Lincoln, Nebraska. Upon his graduation in 1983, he decided to attend the University of Georgia in Athens because of its burgeoning underground music scene and his career took off from there. Sweet then relocated to New York but it wasn't until 1992, when the title track off of his album Girlfriend became a hit and went gold, that he moved to Los Angeles. In 2011, Sweet hit the road in celebration of Girlfriend's 20th anniversary, playing the album in its entirety each night. He then released, Modern Art, a boldly experimental yet still deeply personal album.
Sweet will hit the PAC stage with his hard-hitting road band playing both new and old material in all his guitar-drenched glory. Tommy Keene, another power-pop icon, who recorded the 1984 EP Places That Are Gone, will open.
Tickets cost $55, $65, $75 and can be purchased online at www.whbpac.org, by calling the box office at 631-288-1500 or by visiting the WHBPAC box office at 76 Main Street in Westhampton Beach.