Matthew Sweet's Ringing Guitars Return

  • Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Set List

  • "Room to Rock"
  • "Byrdgirl"
  • "Flying"
Matthew Sweet (300)

Matthew Sweet. Henry Diltz hide caption

toggle caption Henry Diltz

Matthew Sweet knows what it means to be an unappreciated songwriter. He spent the '80s in the fertile Athens, Ga., pop scene, made it big with 1991's power-pop gem Girlfriend and then quietly fell back into obscurity. He still plugs away, churning out album after album of clever, thoughtful power-pop.

Sweet spent the late '90s and early '00s avoiding the instrument that defined his sound — the chiming guitar — but his latest album, Sunshine Lies, marks his welcome return to the guitar as a primary instrument. In a session with host David Dye, Sweet performs material from the new album and discusses the affinity for biology he developed as a kid.

Purchase Featured Music

Sunshine Lies

Purchase Music

Purchase Featured Music

Sunshine Lies
Matthew Sweet
Shout Factory

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?




Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor