When I interviewed Ryan Miller, Guster’s lead singer and guitarist, earlier this month about the band’s new Labi Siffre cover, he told me that he might get a new suit for XPN Fest. I don’t know if it was new, but his Sunday evening suit was most definitely notable. Stepping out onto the River Stage in a head-to-toe pineapple pattern, Miller led Guster through an eventful set consisting of a balanced array of new and old songs from their 25-year-long repertoire. Continue reading →
Even though alt-rock outfit Guster has been around for over 25 years, they show absolutely no sign of slowing down — or falling victim to the same old sound. The group released their eighth studio album Look Alive this past January, a dynamic blend of man-made melodies and electronic creation that further widened the range of Guster’s capabilities. But to keep you on your toes, the band has just released a stripped-down cover of “Crying, Laughing, Loving, Lying,” a powerfully simple tune from 1972 by British singer, musician, and poet, Labi Siffre.
Guster has been touring all year in promotion of Look Alive, and they’ll take the River Stage next Sunday night during the XPoNential Music Festival. Lead singer and guitarist Ryan Miller took a moment out of his day to tell me about how the Labi Siffre cover came to be, how it feels to play his latest album live, and why Guster has stayed relevant for more than two decades. Continue reading →
Guster is about to be extremely busy: in just one short week, the band will release Look Alive, their first album in four years, and head out on an extensive world tour. But this week they’ve been reveling in the calm before the storm, rehearsing new songs, and prepping their live set for a real-life audience. Their official release week festivities began just this afternoon, right here in Philly, as they joined us for a sold-out Free at Noon performance.
Many in the extremely packed audience seemed to be enthusiastic Guster fans (some might have been here for the band’s last Free at Noon, almost exactly four years ago), and their anticipation was palpable as they rushed to fill the room; only increasing with every second of the additional ten-minute wait for the band to come onstage. We soon found out why the band was running late — they have a lot of fancy technological aspects to their performance, some of which it seems like they’re still getting used to. Continue reading →
This Sunday, July 9th, Dispatch (fresh off the XPN Free At Noon Concert stage) will perform live at the Skyline Stage at the Mann with special guests Guster and an opening set by Marco Benevento. But not before Jersey Dan takes most of the crowd back to its teens with a DJ set, chock full of late 90s favs. We caught up with Dan to find out more of what to expect and he left us with a Youtube playlist so you can better prepare for what is about to go down on Sunday night. Continue reading →
Firefly Music Festival is just six weeks away. Featuring over a hundred bands, headliners include Kings of Leon, Mumford & Sons, Florence & The Machine, and Two Door Cinema Club. Forty of the bands playing are on a new mixtape that you can download for free via NoiseTrade; stream it below, and catch Firefly Fest in Dover, Delaware from July 16 to July 19th. More information can be found here. Continue reading →
Guster had to cancel their show @ The Fillmore Philadelphia this past weekend because of the snow so instead they played an intimate little performance in Pittsburgh…outside in the snow…in front of a dumpster! Watch. Continue reading →
World Cafe Live hosted legendary modern rock band Guster this afternoon for a Free at Noon performance. The set featured songs from a variety of albums, including old hits like “Satellite” and new jams like “Simple Machine.” The band’s catalog, which spans over 20 years, drew a crowd from a variety of ages, all of which were singing and clapping along. Notably, band members Ryan Miller, Adam Gardner and Luke Reynolds showed off their musicianship by playing a variety of instruments throughout the set, including the guitar, bass, xylophone, tambourine, and keyboards. Continue reading →