A lot of bands start out playing for some pals in college, and a few of them even become local sensations. But to expand and endure like Guster has over the past two decades is nothing short of astonishing.

A lot of bands start out playing for some pals in college, and a few of them even become local sensations. But to expand and endure like Guster has over the past two decades is nothing short of astonishing.

Yet it's October 2010, and the Boston band is still going strong, kicking out pop tunes catchier and smarter than your average indie band. Even those outside their feverish cult following have to respect that.

Everest will open Guster's Alive-sponsored show Friday.