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Greg M. Schwartz
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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

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.


Wednesday, September 17 2014

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue + Galactic

New Orleans musicians rarely disappoint. They come from a world where music is practically akin to religion, and they always seem to know how to rise to the occasion.


Thursday, August 14 2014

Slightly Stoopid + NOFX + Stephen Marley: San Diego - 26 July 2014

Few bands dare to incorporate such wide-ranging sounds and Slightly Stoopid’s ability to mix rock and reggae with dub, grunge and hip-hop is a large part of how they appeal to such a broad fanbase.


Monday, August 11 2014

Comic-Con Offers an Unmatched Kaleidoscope of Sci-fi / Fantasy / Superhero Pop Culture

There was a spectacular display of goods from almost every pop culture property one could think of all in one place, making Comic-Con feel like a cross between Christmas and Halloween (as well as Black Friday).


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

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.


Monday, August 11 2014

Banyan @ Winston's Beach Club - San Diego, CA - July 25, 2014

At times it sounded like Miles Davis was sitting in with the Band of Gypsys, which made for quite a compelling sound.


Monday, August 4 2014

Jefferson Starship Soars Through California on 40 Years in Space Tour

Anticipation ran high amongst classic rock fanatics on this Thursday evening in the San Diego region as Jefferson Starship’s “40 Years in Space” tour touched down to deliver a dose of the original San Francisco sound.


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