Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 8:30 PM EDT
(7:30 PM Doors)
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Ancient philosophers once postulated that there were four elements in the universe from which all things were made: water, fire, earth, and air. Could music, perhaps itself a product of these four, have been an element? A good song's perfect wholeness seem to contain those very molecules that, fused together, bring us into existence. Maybe that's why good songs seem to fulfill a hunger within our bodies. Can we live without them? Excellent power-pop tunesmiths Matthew Sweet and Tommy Keene beg to differ. Back in the 90s, Sweet wrote devastatingly raw and rugged packages of melodic magic like "Girlfriend" and "Sick Of Myself;" keeping a parallel career was Tommy Keene, whose rock resume got him mixed up with the likes of fellow songmonsters Paul Westerberg and Bob Pollard. One of his most recent tunes, Deep Six Saturday, is flawless, essential, and dare we say, elemental. We might also add a sixth element: rock. Yes, both of these gents crank up the amps and beef up their tunes with fanged guitars.