In the years since their 2003 big break "The Beautiful Letdown," Switchfoot seems to have receded back into the cult-favorite status enjoyed by many a Christian-rock crossover star. Jon Foreman and company are among the most appealing of that ilk, having mastered the nuances of the pop hook and not-too-risque rock theatricality.

In the years since their 2003 big break "The Beautiful Letdown," Switchfoot seems to have receded back into the cult-favorite status enjoyed by many a Christian-rock crossover star. Jon Foreman and company are among the most appealing of that ilk, having mastered the nuances of the pop hook and not-too-risque rock theatricality.

Their penchant for post-Bono power ballads like "Dare You To Move" was their meal ticket, which is unfortunate because their earlier work revealed a knack for punchy sing-alongs brainy enough to stimulate without resorting to Hallmark sentimentality. Expect to encounter a bit of both Saturday at the Newport after Civil Wars' opening set.