Pollstar Exclusive: Matthew Sweet Announces West Coast Leg

Matthew Sweet has added a run of West Coast gigs to his U.S. summer tour in support of his first new collection of original material in six years.

Tomorrow Forever is due out June 16 via Sweet’s own Honeycomb Hideout label distributed through Sony/RED. The heartfelt project was inspired by the singer/songwriter’s move back to his native Omaha and the loss of his mother. Following a bout of writer’s block, Sweet ended up recording 38 songs at his newly built home studio, Black Squirrel Submarine. Tomorrow Forever features 17 tracks, with another dozen available for his Kickstarter supporters. Check out the audio for the standout tune “Trick” below.

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The power pop / alternative rock artist is joined on the album by his longtime rhythm section of Paul Chastain and Ric Menck of Velvet Crush, along with The Bangles’ Debbi Peterson. The album also features a keyboard cameo from The Zombies’ Rod Argent and guest appearances from guitarists Jason Victor (Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3, Dream Syndicate), Val McCallum (Jackson Browne), John Moremen (The Orange Peels) and Gary Louris (The Jayhawks). 

The album will be available in CD, double 180-gram vinyl and digital form. Preorders are ongoing now via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, and Google Play. Fans who pre-order the album via iTunes will get instant downloads of the tracks “Trick” and “Entangled.”

The tour launches with two hometown shows at Omaha’s The Waiting Room July 8-9.

The new West Coast dates are scheduled at Los Angeles’ Echo (Aug. 15); San Diego’s Casbah (Aug. 16); Santa Cruz, Calif.’s Don Quixotes Music Hall (Aug. 17); San Francisco’s Independent (Aug. 18); Portland’s Doug Fir (Aug. 20); and Seattle’s Triple Door (Aug. 21).  

“My new record, Tomorrow Forever, came out great,” Matthew Sweet tells Pollstar. “We’re very excited to hit the road and play some of the new songs. This will be a stellar tour, and I’ll be hitting lots of markets we haven’t been to in a while. Can’t wait to see all my old fans come out to hear us!”

Tickets for the new dates go on sale today for select venues.

Take a look at Sweet’s full schedule by heading over to his

For more information visit MatthewSweet.com.