Madison Concert Ticket Giveaway: GUSTER

Guster

If you love artists like Ben Folds, State Radio, Pete Yorn, Ben Kweller, Better Than Ezra, Matt Pond PA, or Ben Lee, then you’re going to adore power pop threesome, Guster, when they play the Capitol Theater this Friday, October 15th.  Read on to find out how you can enter to win tickets to the show.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

GUSTER with ELI “PAPERBOY”  REED & THE TRUE LOVES

Capitol Theater – 8pm – $29.50  Gen. admission – all ages

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BIOGRAPHY (by Andrew Leahey, allmusic.com)

Although they steadily evolved into a full-fledged pop band, Guster began their career as a quirky acoustic trio. The band, whose three co-founders met during freshmen year at Tufts University, spent most of the 1990s touring the college circuit and releasing independent albums, all of which featured hand percussion in lieu of a traditional drum set. Released in 1999, Lost and Gone Forever widened the band’s sound considerably, and the follow-up album found percussionist Brian Rosenworcel playing a drum set on several songs. Multi-instrumentalist Joe Pisapia joined the lineup in 2003, allowing Guster more freedom to explore a combination of folk, pop, and rock.

Guster formed in 1991, when Ryan Miller, Adam Gardner, and Brian Rosenworcel first crossed paths at college orientation. Originally called Gus, the trio played local shows around the Boston area before releasing an independent album, Parachute, in 1994. By 1996, they’d elongated their name to Guster and recorded a second album, Goldfly, which netted the band a contract with Sire Records. Sire reissued Goldfly in 1998, and the bandmates decamped to a recording studio later that year to work with producer Steve Lillywhite. Released in 1999, Long and Gone Forever became the band’s unofficial breakthrough album, cracking the lower reaches of the Billboard charts and spinning off a hit single, “Fa Fa,” which peaked at number 26 on the Adult Top 40.

Compared to Guster’s early albums, Long and Gone Forever was downright lush, with strings and horn sections beefing up the band’s standard mix of bongos, vocal harmonies, and folk-pop songwriting. Guster went even further with their follow-up effort, Keep It Together, which featured drum kit percussion and contributions from a talented multi-instrumentalist named Joe Pisapia. The album was released during the summer of 2003, where it cracked the Top 40. Meanwhile, the band also released a “fake” version of the record, The Meowstro Sings — Guster’s Keep It Together, in which Guster’s vocal tracks were replaced with simulated cat meows. The so-called “meow mixes” were released online in an attempt to battle illegal file sharing.

Several months after Keep It Together‘s release, Pisapia joined the group permanently. He made his official debut on the 2004 concert album Guster on Ice, which found the guys playing selections from all of their albums. Now a four-piece outfit, Guster returned in 2006 with their richest-sounding album to date, Ganging Up on the Sun. The group’s sixth studio album, Easy Wonderful, which was partially recorded in Pisapia’s Middletree Studios in Nashville, was released in October of 2010. Right around that time Pisapia announced he wouldn’t be touring with the band any longer, choosing instead to play with k.d. lang full-time. He was replaced in the touring lineup by guitarist Luke Reynolds, a former member of the band Blue Merle.

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WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS: The band’s song, “One Man Wrecking Machine,” opens with the lines: “I built a time machine / I’m going to see the homecoming queen / Take her to the Christmas dance / Maybe now I’ll get in her pants / Whatever…”  If you built a time machine, were would you travel and what would you do?  Leave your responses posted in the comments section below.

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Please have your responses in by tomorrow (Thursday, October 14th) at 8:00pm.  We will be choosing and notifying the winners at that time.  Good luck everyone!

9 Responses

  1. Hmm.

    One thing that has always bothered me is the keyboard layout. The current keyboard configuration (qwerty) is one of the few technologically inferior items that we consciously use. I would go back to when the typewriter dude made this layout to slow down typist’s speeds, and tell him to keep it super efficient so these countless number of devices could be on the quick dvorak layout.

    Nerdy? Yes.

  2. I would travel back to the Garden of Eden and stop Eve from eating the forbidden fruit! Then we all would still be perfect people living in a perfect world and I wouldn’t have to be leaving a post on this wonderful website to get free tickets because money would not exist and we would all be happy and get what we want!

  3. I would travel forward in time to get info that I could use to either save the world or somebody in it, make some money, or mess with somebody’s head…or all of the above.

  4. I would travel back just before 9/11/01 with a plan to convince authorities what was about to happen, so there would be another chance the attack could have been stopped. I think we would be in a very different world today had that event not occurred. A better world, I hope.

  5. I’d go back to the beginning of college and pick a different major and path.

  6. Would go back to historic JFK era and attempt to pick his brain and get in his pants 🙂

  7. I would go back to London england july 20 1985 so I could see LIVE AID !! and I would be backstage….!

  8. Congrats to Alex for your very well-considered (and pleasantly nerdy!) idea! The tix are yours. Thanks everybody. More giveaways are coming right up, so keep reading!

  9. That was an amazing concert. Thank you for the opportunity to go!

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