XPN Fest Recap: Guster relaxes in a borrowed lawn chair, bring Barenaked Ladies to the River Stage

Guster | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN

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 →


Transcending Time: Guster’s Ryan Miller talks new Labi Siffre cover, staying inspired, and having serious fun

Guster | Photo by Nat Girsberger

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 →


And now, your full #XPNFest lineup: Elvis Costello, Blondie, Guster, J.S. Ondara, Lucy Dacus, and much more

clockwise from left: Elvis Costello, Guster, J.S. Ondara, Lucy Dacus, Blondie | photos courtesy of the artists

“When is the XPoNential lineup coming?” seems to be the question of the year over here at XPN HQ, and today we finally have a good answer for you: the full lineup is here. Right now.

We got a teaser of the 2019 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru last week when we announced our Friday night headlinersHozier and Japanese Breakfast — along with the Wiggins Park lineup for that day, from Foxtrot and the Get Down to Dawes.

Today, the full lineup is here, capped by a headlining double-header on Saturday, July 27th with Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Blondie at BB&T Pavilion. Sunday’s concert will take place entirely at Wiggins Park, and will feature festival-closing sets from Kathleen Edwards, Guster, and The Amy Ray Band. Continue reading →


Free at Noon Flashback: Guster gears up for a busy 2019 at World Cafe Live

Guster | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

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 →


DJ Jersey Dan presents Dispatch and Guster: I’m Strong If You’re Strong

Jersey Dan (left) / Guster | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman (right)

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 →


Download a free Firefly fest mixtape ft. Fitz & The Tantrums, Robert DeLong, Arkells, Guster and more

Fitz and the Tantrums
Fitz and the Tantrums | photo by Joseph Cultice | courtesy of the artist

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 hereContinue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Watch Guster play “Dumpster Set” in snowy Pittsburgh alley, stream Bloc Party’s new album, see Neil Young perform for Paris billionaire

That was awesome PGH! #DumpsterSet

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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 →


Free at Noon Flashback: Guster performs new and old songs to a sold-out crowd

Guster | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Guster | Photo by Cameron Pollack

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 →