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The reigning prince of power pop for now people, Matthew Sweet knows a few tricks the poseurs don’t: Let the hook become a groove and lay the angst on extra-thick. Sweet’s latest hit, “Sick of Myself,” is the prettiest ode to self-loathing since Brian Wilson’s “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times.” With Velvet Crush at 8 p.m. at Radio Music Hall, 9th & V Sts. NW. $20. (202) 393-0930. (Eddie Dean)