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Matthew Sweet

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

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Dark clothes. Distinctive glasses. Songs about breakups. Matthew Sweet certainly was a good representative of that oddly named "alternative" genre in the '90s — still is. Sadly, Sweet's power-pop hooks often were overshadowed by Nirvana's grungy distortion and Michael Jackson's scandals. Good for us, then, that Sweet retained his Girlfriend and 100% Fun vibe on 2011's Modern Art. While Sweet celebrated the twentieth anniversary of Girlfriend by playing the album straight through during his last visit to St. Louis, he's sure to mix new favorites into the show this time.

Scooby Snacks: Sweet is known for recording two stellar albums of cover songs with Susanna Hoffs, but '90s kids will remember his version of the Scooby-Doo theme song on the Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits CD. Sweet went on to compose music for Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated in 2010.

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