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Matthew Sweet, Tommy Keane


Doug Fir (map) Southeast
Sun., Aug. 20, 9 p.m. 2017 21+


In 2009, A.V. Club named Matthew Sweet’s 1991 record Girlfriend the best power pop album of the ’90s, but even that feels like an understatement. In retrospect, Girlfriend—which was sandwiched in between the releases of Nevermind and Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque—is one of the most secretly influential rock albums of the modern era, having foreshadowed everything from No Depression-style alt-country to the Elephant 6 Collective’s askew Anglophilia. But it’s also exceptional due to Sweet’s lyrics, unusual for a landmark power pop album. Though firmly couched in love song tradition, Girlfriend tackles the ugly stuff—jealousy, desperation, separation—with so much maturity and perspective, it makes “The Concept” seem like a backhanded apology. As if to shrug off his hour-long therapy session with the listener, Sweet closes Girlfriend with “Nothing Lasts”—one of the cruelest, most self-aware endings to any rock album. MORGAN TROPER

Doug Fir

830 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214
Hours: Daily 7 am-2:30am

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  • Daily 7 am-2:30am
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This event is in the past.
  • Sun., Aug. 20, 9 p.m. 2017
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