Thursday, July 4, 2013
10 p.m. @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
Guster Tonight @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, Summerfest, 10 p.m. Following the jam-band business model even though they don’t much care for jamming, alt-rockers Guster have gradually built their following by encouraging tape trading and touring colleges like the one they formed at two decades ago, Tufts University. They’ve become a better pop band with each release, casting themselves as something of a small-scale Coldplay without the egos and with a friendly sense of humor (in 2005 they celebrated their Judaism with a side project called Hanukkah Rocks). If there’s a downside to all the time they spend on the road, it’s that it sometimes keeps them from recording. They haven’t released a studio album since 2010’s catchy Easy Wonderful.