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Greg M. Schwartz has covered music and pop culture for PopMatters since 2006. He focuses on events coverage with a preference for guitar-driven rock ‘n’ roll, but has eclectic tastes for the golden age of sound that is the 21st century music scene. He has a soft spot for music with a socially conscious flavor and is also an award-winning investigative reporter. Follow him on Twitter at @gms111, where he’s always looking for tips on new bands or under the radar news items.


Features

Tuesday, August 19 2014

Philip K. Dick's 'Radio Free Albemuth' Finally Reaches the Silver Screen

Like the book that inspired it, Radio Free Albemuth works as a vindicating love letter to spiritual seekers who feel that humanity is capable of more than the Orwellian rat race.


Sunday, June 1 2014

The 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival - New Orleans, LA - April 25-27, 2014

No other festival has as many stages, as many incredible culinary offerings, or as many evening and late shows that can take music fans all the way until the break of dawn.


Tuesday, March 11 2014

"Life, the Universe and Everything": An Interview with Incubus' Brandon Boyd

Incubus' Brandon Boyd finds inspiration in numerous arenas, from Phish to UFOs and more. PopMatters attended the San Diego show of Boyd's Sons of the Sea project and spoke to the man himself to get his intriguing views on a variety of topics.


Sunday, June 23 2013

Creating Enlightened Society with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Mipham, a Tibetan lama who is somewhat akin to a Gen-X version of the Dalai Lama, is the leader of the international Shambhala organization. His presence in the Bay Area is viewed as rare and auspicious.


Monday, May 6 2013

Anti-Flag Rages on Against the Machine in 2013

Drummer Pat Thetic waxes on Anti-Flag's two-decade run as the most political band in music. Then the band blasts us with a barnburner show at LA's Troubadour.


Reviews

Wednesday, December 17 2014

The Society Islands: The Big Sleep

There’s strong production value here, as alt rock and indie rock sensibilities are mixed in with dreamy psychedelic ambience.


Thursday, October 30 2014

EndAnd: Fun Times With Shitty People

EndAnd call themselves a punk band, but the power trio bring a distorted grunge rock sound to the party as well.


Monday, October 27 2014

Michael Goldberg's Semi-Hallucinogenic Take on the Authentic Real

True Love Scars is a whirlwind tale of a young music fanatic’s quest for true love, high times and “the authentic real” (not necessarily in that order).


Tuesday, September 30 2014

Tomás Doncker Band: Moanin' at Midnight: The Howlin' Wolf Project

Here's an album that crackles with fresh mojo while maintaining the authentic vibe of the originals that inspired the project in the first place.


Wednesday, September 24 2014

Dumpstaphunk + Everyone Orchestra: Denver - 28 August 2014

Maybe getting down just for the funk of it could indeed help unite the world in peace and harmony.


Lotus: Build [29.Apr.13]
Susan Tedeschi [9.Mar.09]
Arc Angels [6.Jan.09]
Lotus + SeepeopleS [16.Dec.08]
Aimee Mann [3.Aug.08]
Santana [19.Jun.08]
Hot Tuna [16.Jun.08]
Hot Buttered Rum [4.Jun.08]
The Avett Brothers [13.May.08]
Maceo Parker [26.Mar.08]
Perpetual Groove [25.Mar.08]
Umphrey’s McGee [28.Feb.08]
moe. [22.Jan.08]
Mus: La Vida [16.Aug.07]
Queensrÿche [10.Dec.06]
Donna the Buffalo [28.Nov.06]
Widespread Panic [3.Oct.06]

Blogs

Monday, December 8 2014

moe. Doubles Down for Big Lebowski Halloween Party in Sin City

Attending moe.’s Big Lebowski show after Phish’s Halloween bonanza was akin to doubling down after hitting the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll jackpot, except that the odds heavily favored those willing to gamble the rest of their evening.


Wednesday, November 19 2014

Animal Liberation Orchestra Rescues School of Phish Fans in Santa Barbara

ALO knew this was a special night and threw down one funky song after another, as is their trademark, keeping the dance party grooving for some three plus hours on a night that no one wanted to end.


Friday, October 17 2014

Melvin Seals and Jerry Garcia Band: San Diego, CA - 3 October 2014

Seals isn’t merely continuing to play Garcia’s songs; he and his band continue to push the jams in the bold and exploratory directions the Jerry Garcia Band was always known for.


Thursday, October 16 2014

Gov't Mule: San Diego, CA - 27 September 2014

The band's soulful, bluesy and hard rocking sound has led to 2014's "20 Years Strong" tour celebrating two decades of Gov't Mule.


Monday, October 6 2014

The New Mastersounds @ The Hideout - San Diego - 1 October 2014

The New Mastersounds are sort of like a hybrid strain of cannabis. The music has an uplifting effect, yet one that’s blended with a relaxed vibe.


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