Matthew Sweet

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    September 21, 2012

    The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: September 14 to 16

    The office has been hectic lately. Next week is our big Best Of St. Louis issue. Things have occasionally gotten ugly; the "motherfuckers" are flying with unusual frequency, weary staffers are resorting to puns (puns!) in conversation and the jello shots just don't seem to have enough kick to 'em la ... More >>

  • Music

    September 20, 2012

    Matthew Sweet

    9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

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    September 17, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From September 17 to 23

    I think I dropped several IQ points over the weekend when I attended / reviewed the Odd Future show at the Pageant on Friday. My headache has subsided, but matters of intelligent thought or focus are still coming slowly and proving difficult. In other words, I can't think of anything to write here, ... More >>

  • Music

    August 2, 2012

    Janiva Magness

    8 p.m. Friday, August 3. Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Janiva Magness Got Through the Death and Loss of 2011 with This Year's Stronger For It

    When you hear Janiva Magness sing, you're hearing a life: a tough one, a lucky one, a damn hard-fought one. The Detroit-born, Southern California-based blueswoman has a near 30-year career in music behind her, and who knows, maybe 30 more years ahead of her. Whatever happens, she's unlikely to make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From July 30 to August 5

    Time constraints occasionally preclude us from being able to preview every single great show in town. There's only so many hours in the week, and we have to keep the trains running on time in addition to writing up these recommendational blurbs. That said, a couple of shows early this week warrant y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Die Antwoord, Matthew Sweet, Murphy's Law and More in This Week's New Show Announcements

    Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Matthew Sweet at the Duck Room, 10/15/2011: Review and Setlist

    Matthew Sweet​Matthew Sweet | Miles Zuniga Blueberry Hill's Duck Room October 16, 2011 Your feelings on the current wave of twenty-years-gone nostalgia could have indicated your level of excitement for last night's Matthew Sweet show at Blueberry Hill. Sweet has been touring behind the twent ... More >>

  • Music

    October 13, 2011

    Matthew Sweet

    9 p.m. Saturday, October 15. The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

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    September 28, 2011

    Matthew Sweet Is Coming To The Duck Room To Perform Girlfriend [Update: Sold Out!]

    Update, 9/28:This show is now sold out. You've got a little over two weeks to dig through craigslist or buddy up with a ticket-having friend. Original post follows... Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend is twenty years old, and to celebrate, he's playing the album in its entirety at Blueberry Hill's Duck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Nine Albums Overshadowed by Nevermind

    ​Tomorrow, Nirvana's Nevermind turns twenty years old, leaving Gen Xers questioning where their lives have gone, just as they questioned where their lives were going to the strains of Smells Like Teen Spirit. While Nevermind marked a victory for the underground in a stellar year of albums, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Joe Lally and Tandoori Knights Lead This Week's Show Announcements

    Bloodshot Bill and King Khan are coming to Off Broadway in November as Tandoori Nights. ​ All hail shirtless wonder King Khan, for he is headed back to St. Louis with his homey Bloodshot Bill as Tandoori Knights. The wild duo will be at Off Broadway on November 25. Allegedly, they started play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Matthew Sweet Is Coming To The Duck Room To Perform Girlfriend In Its Entirety

    Henry Diltz ​Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend is twenty years old, and to celebrate, he's playing the album in its entirety at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room on October 15th. He'll also play some songs from Modern Art, his latest. Tickets are $20 and go on sale August 19th at 5 p.m.

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Transformers Meets Linkin Park: The Three Best Homemade AMVs

    ​These are the facts on the ground, as I see them: First, if a fourteen-year-old boy has ever loved a TV or movie franchise, there will be an AMV (from "Anime Music Video") about it. Second, if there's an AMV about something, half of the fourteen-year-old boys in the universe have synched the ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    The Riverfront Times Has a New Music Editor, As of April 6

    ​There's no easy way to say this, and for once I've been at a loss for words on how to tell people, so I'll simply say this: Tuesday, April 5, is my last day as RFT music editor. In mid-April I'm moving back to Cleveland and taking a job with Alternative Press as their managing editor. This wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Audri & Aaron Earn the Approval of the Bangles and Chrissie Hynde -- And Win a National Band Search Contest

    Image via​The Alton, Illinois, acoustic/folk duo Audri & Aaron recently won the "Small Town Sound" female-fronted-band search sponsored by the clothing store maurices. Over 500 acts entered the contest, which culminated in the pair's original song, "Home," beating out the tunes of nine other f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Matthew Sweet Wants You to Buy Some Cat Sculptures

    etsy.comYou can buy these felines right here.​(H/T to @erinsometimes for the heads up about this.) Matthew Sweet is a lot of things -- rocker, Susanna Hoffs collaborator, sometimes-actor. He's also starting to sell his ceramic creations online, judging by an Etsy account for Lolina Art Pottery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Show Review: Freedy Johnston at Off Broadway, Thursday, February 11

    Chris CarrollFreedy Johnston​What becomes of the one-hit wonder? In the case of Freedy Johnston, whose 1994 song "Bad Reputation" was a bittersweet slice of acoustic alternative rock back when that was a viable genre, it appears that you simply keep writing good, catchy, heartfelt songs regard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    The Bangles Are Playing At the Pageant! So is the Dead Weather!

    So exciting! The Bangles -- who completely ruled at the Illinois State Fair last year opening for Heart -- are playing at the Pageant on Sunday, May 2. When I interviewed Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs last year, the latter said a new Bangles record was in progress. Still, the band plays pretty muc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    The Top Ten St. Louis Concerts of 2009

    We reviewed a lot of shows this year -- nearly 100, judging by the number of posts in the "Show Reviews" archive. Deciding which 2009 concerts comprised the creme de la creme wasn't easy, to say the least. However, the following stood out from the pack. What did we miss? What were your favorites thi ... More >>

  • Music

    December 16, 2009
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    December 2, 2009

    Homespun: Cold Bear Scout

    Let's Meet the Sun and the Moon EP
    (Aim & Fire)

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of August 24-30

    Every Monday, A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. (Vintage Vinyl will be added once it arrives!) An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Euclid Records 1. Bottle Rockets ... More >>

  • Music

    August 26, 2009
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    August 21, 2009

    Interview: Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs

    In June, power-pop darlings Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs released the second volume in their covers series. Under the Covers, Vol. 2 focuses on the '70s -- which means the album spans prog (Yes' "I've Seen All Good People"), sappy folk (Carly Simon's "You're So Vain"), power-pop (the Raspberries ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Top Sellers at Area Record Stores: Week of August 10-16

    Every Monday A to Z publishes the best-selling releases from area independent record stores from the preceding week. An asterisk after an album name indicates that the act is coming to town. And so without further ado: Euclid Records 1. Bottle Rockets: Lean Forward* 2. Wilco: Wilco The Album* 3. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2009

    Review Setlist: Matthew Sweet at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, Friday, June 19

    Over the years Matthew Sweet has proven that all he really needs is a "room to rock in," which is what he laments in the second song ("Room to Rock") on his latest album, Sunshine Lies. On Friday night, St. Louis fans of the veteran songsmith and power-pop genius were lucky enough to see him and som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    St. Louis Weekend Concert Calendar: June 19 to 21

    Friday, June 19 *Kepi Ghoulie/The 75s/Midtown Thieves/Blind Eyes, The Library *Matthew Sweet/Magnolia Summer, Blueberry Hill's Duck Room *Joe Dirt & the Dirty Boys Band/The Who Band, The Pageant *Kim Lenz & the Jaguars, Beale on Broadway *Dual Boot (CD release)/Ghettface/Chapa, Firebird *Target Mar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Top Five Awesome Matthew Sweet Videos Download Some Demos!

    Matthew Sweet is playing tonight at the Duck Room. We'll have a review tomorrow. (P.S. I'm going to freak out if he plays "Superdeformed" tonight. Just saying.) Also -- go check out this random blog I found that posted an entire set of Altered Beast demos for you to stream and download. And you can ... More >>

  • Music

    June 17, 2009

    Matthew Sweet

    9 p.m. Friday, June 19. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    St. Louis Concert Announcements: Week Of May 12

    Pop's *Combichrist, Saturday, June 20 *Evans Blue, Tuesday, June 23 Blueberry Hill *Matthew Sweet, Friday, June 19 *Trevor Hall, Friday, July 10 *Dar Williams, Tuesday, August 18 Pageant *Story of the Year, Saturday, June 27 *Mat Kearney, Monday, July 13 *Old 97's, Saturday, July 18 *Edwin McCain, F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    The Long, Strange Thanksgiving Weekend: What Did You Do/See?

    So, I started the long Thanksgiving weekend off with the Smashing Pumpkins show and ended it with a strained neck so bad that all I could do was lay on the couch and watch My So-Called Life on DVD. (A suggestion to imbibe some magnesium, found in black beans, spinach and coffee, three things I happe ... More >>

  • Music

    October 15, 2008

    Lucinda Williams

    8 p.m. Sunday, October 19. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

  • Music

    May 7, 2008

    The Brakes

    9 p.m. Tuesday, May 13. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University Cit

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    February 14, 2008
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    November 15, 2007
  • Home Entertainment

    November 14, 2007

    Shred Cred

    You wanted the best — you got the best: Guitar Hero III.

  • Music

    October 10, 2007

    In the 'Driver Seat

    Adam Franklin cruises into town with a whole new cast riding shotgun.

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2007

    Manic Monday

    Courtesy of Where do you get love? My usual Monday morning ritual goes something like this: Alarm goes off way too early. I hit snooze. Doze. Alarm goes off again. Snooze. Doze. Repeat a few more times, until I realize I'm going to be late to our Monday meeting. Swear. Hop out of bed, ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    November 22, 2006

    Encore Performance

    Don't fret. Guitar Hero II kills the opening act.

  • Music

    March 1, 2006

    Matthew Ryan/David Mead

    Thursday, March 2. Finale Music and Dining (8025 Bonhomme Avenue, Clayton)

  • Music

    July 20, 2005

    The Love Experts

    Cuba Street (Undertow Music)

  • Music

    March 30, 2005

    Pop a Pill

    A local power-pop connoisseur brings his joy to the masses with a new CD

  • Music

    February 16, 2005


    The Great Destroyer (Sub Pop)

  • Music

    August 29, 2001

    Spin Cycle

    spinART proves that little labels aren't necessarily doomed

  • Music

    March 15, 2000

    Matthew Sweet

    Saturday, March 18; Duck Room

  • Music

    December 29, 1999

    Critical Mass

    RFT music critics offer a cut-and-paste compendium of the year in music. Everyone's wrong. Everyone's right.

  • Music

    December 15, 1999


    Free Expression (Bobsled Records)

  • News

    June 16, 1999

    Guitars on Mars

    Gary Lucas has performed with Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley, John Zorn and Allen Ginsberg. Now he's visiting St. Louis to perform alongside the silent film The Golem.

  • Music

    November 25, 1998
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