Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013
Matchbox Twenty w/ Phillip Phillips
With cross-radio-format hits including “Push,” “Real World” and “3 A.M.,” Matchbox Twenty’s 1996 debut Yourself or Someone Like You positioned the band as one of the biggest of the late ’90s. “Smooth,” singer Rob Thomas’s mega-hit collaboration with Carlos Santana, only further raised their profile. It’s a bit surprising, then, that the band had such a minor presence throughout the 2000s. With Thomas focused on his solo career—which was successful enough, even if it didn’t do “Smooth” numbers—the band spent most of the last decade on a hiatus of sorts. It wasn’t until last year that the group finally got around to releasing a follow-up to its 2002 album More Than You Think You Are, the easygoing North. It’s a typically breezy album from a band that once seemed capable of moving mountains, but now seems content just rolling with the hills.