Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet

During a career that stretches back to the mid-’80s, Matthew Sweet has never followed trends, though his landmark 1991 album Girlfriend was responsible for starting one—its bone-dry, caterwauling sonics opening up a wild and picturesque new terrain for restless singer/songwriters to inhabit and explore. Two decades later, Sweet has once again swung for the fences—and connected—with the boldly experimental yet still deeply personal Modern Art.

Modern Inventors

Modern Inventors have devised their own unique musical niche in a staggeringly short amount of time, but Matt Kass and Josh Benus are not in the business of cheap thrills. The Philadelphia-based duo, whose debut album "Trains & Aeroplanes" will be self-released in December 2012, craft songs as if they were pieces of abstract art that patiently blossom into view; carefully rendered arrangements, heartbreaking harmonies and dense turns of phrases slowly creep up into the foreground upon repeated listens. The single "Hello," for instance, is an ode to suburban teenage angst inspired by acclaimed American painter Eric Fischl. "Goodbye Northbrook Drive" segues a rustic folk composition into a massive crescendo that prods at feelings of emotional paralysis. And then there's the group's pop-infused cover of Paul McCartney's "Every Night" — which has earned praise from Macca himself.

$23.50 - $27.00

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Matthew Sweet with Modern Inventors

Monday, August 26 · Doors 6:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM at World Cafe Live Philadelphia