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Matthew Sweet “Girlfriend” 20th Anniversary Tour

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"Girlfriend" 20th Anniversary Tour, Sat JUN 9th 2012, 9:30 Club

I have to say, Matthew Sweet in concert has never disappointed—seen him probably 10 times, he’s always in great voice and seems to truly enjoy what he does, and that really comes across to the crowd. Another very fun show last night at the 9:30 Club in D.C., part of the “Girlfriend” 20th Anniversary Tour, which also stopped at Alexandria, VA’s Birchmere just last October. The band (Sweet, Paul Chastain, Ric Menck, Dennis Taylor) performed “Girlfriend” in its entirety, plus “Time Capsule,” “Sick of Myself,” the new “She Walks the Night,” and “We’re the Same.”

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Not Lame

The third and best record from Shupp, his previous two records are faves here but here is buzzing and crunchy guitars, soaring vocal harmonies and hooks in the vein of Matthew Sweet or Gin Blossoms are better honed and the performances more engagingly captured.  Refrains of Spooner and Tommy Keene are in focus here, too.  As with all his releases, the vocals are extremely strong and the production rich and thick.

Mike Shupp “This Time”

— Bruce Brodeen
Not Lame
October 29th, 2002

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Not Lame

Produced by Jeff Murphy of Shoes and featuring the sharp, crisp guitar sound of that band, Shupp’s voice sounds very similar to Matthew Sweet and this strong batch of crunchy and sweet guitar-driven power pop is what purists look for…  A consistently enjoyable and most recommended release!”

— Bruce Brodeen
Not Lame
January 15th, 2001