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.
Philip K. Dick's 'Radio Free Albemuth' Finally Reaches the Silver Screen | 19 Aug 2014 // 9:00 PM
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.
The 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival - New Orleans, LA - April 25-27, 2014 | 1 Jun 2014 // 8:14 PM
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.
"Life, the Universe and Everything": An Interview with Incubus' Brandon Boyd | 11 Mar 2014 // 8:14 PM
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.
Creating Enlightened Society with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche | 23 Jun 2013 // 5:20 PM
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.
Anti-Flag Rages on Against the Machine in 2013 | 6 May 2013 // 9:55 PM
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.
Phish Rocks the House at Super Ball IX //21.Jul.11
Roswell UFO Festival: 3 July 2009 - Roswell, NM //30.Jul.09
High Sierra Music Festival 2008 //7.Aug.08
Revolution Now: An Interview with Queensryche //31.Dec.94
RxGF: Any Other Way | 25 Mar 2015 // 8:01 PM
There's an innovative sound happening here, with many tracks sounding like they came from the soundtrack of some dystopian sci-fi world or even just the dark Orwellian future that’s currently on Earth’s horizon right here in 2015.
Animal Liberation Orchestra + T Sisters: 13 February 2015 - Solana Beach, CA | 2 Mar 2015 // 2:00 AM
ALO won’t likely be skipping San Diego again any time soon if the crowd reaction on this night was any indication.
Greyboy Allstars Kick Out the Jams in San Diego | 6 Feb 2015 // 5:56 AM
There was a bit of cognitive dissonance in the air with the concept of Denson being 58 years old, because onlookers would be hard pressed to make such a guess.
The Society Islands: The Big Sleep | 17 Dec 2014 // 1:53 AM
There’s strong production value here, as alt rock and indie rock sensibilities are mixed in with dreamy psychedelic ambience.
EndAnd: Fun Times With Shitty People | 30 Oct 2014 // 8:01 PM
EndAnd call themselves a punk band, but the power trio bring a distorted grunge rock sound to the party as well.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue + Galactic //17.Sep.14
Widespread Panic: 5 April 2014 - Los Angeles //8.May.14
Monks of Mellonwah: Turn the People //5.May.14
Lettuce: 27 March 2014 - Solana Beach, CA //29.Apr.14
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe: New Ammo //26.Mar.14
King's X: 28 February 2014 - Ramona, CA //14.Mar.14
White Denim: 9 February 2014 - San Diego //7.Mar.14
Tea Leaf Green: 30 December 2013 - Denver //10.Feb.14
EOTO: 7 December 2013 - Denver, CO //19.Jan.14
moe.: 6 December 2013 - Denver //6.Jan.14
The Mother Hips - Behind Beyond //26.Dec.13
STS9: 6 September 2013 - Morrison, CO //25.Sep.13
Tea Leaf Green: In the Wake //20.Aug.13
The Meter Men: 30 July 2013 - Stateline, NV //20.Aug.13
Tea Leaf Green: 18 May 2013 - San Francisco //17.Jun.13
The Bottlerock Napa Valley Festival - Day 1 //23.May.13
Lotus: Build //29.Apr.13
Dumpstaphunk + Ten: 7 April 2013 - San Diego, CA //23.Apr.13
moe. + Orgone: 9 March 2013 - Los Angeles //1.Apr.13
Galactic: 27 February 2013 - San Diego, CA //20.Mar.13
Bomba Estereo: Elegancia Tropical //19.Mar.13
The Disco Biscuits: 31 December 2012 - New York //30.Jan.13
Marco Benevento: 28 December 2012 - New York //16.Jan.13
Zigaboo Modeliste: 26 October 2012 - Los Angeles //17.Dec.12
Tea Leaf Green: 20 October 2012 - San Francisco //13.Nov.12
Ryan Bingham: Tomorrowland //22.Oct.12
Marco Benevento: Tigerface //9.Oct.12
Los Lobos: 21 August 2012 - Los Angeles //13.Sep.12
Stephane Wrembel: 20 July 2012 - San Diego //17.Aug.12
Los Lobos + X: 5 May 2012 - Los Angeles //30.May.12
Roger Waters 'The Wall': 13 May 2012 - San Diego //29.May.12
STS9: 20 & 21 April 2012 - Oakland, CA //17.May.12
The Mother Hips: 24 March 2012 - San Diego //22.Apr.12
The 2012 Conscious Life Expo: Los Angeles //25.Mar.12
Dirty Ghosts: 25 February 2012 - San Diego //11.Mar.12
Girl in a Coma: 4 December 2011 - San Diego //3.Jan.12
Railroad Earth: 18 November 2011 - Cleveland //14.Dec.11
EOTO: 11 November 2011 - San Diego, CA //29.Nov.11
Zigaboo Modeliste: 22 October 2011 - Los Angeles //16.Nov.11
Queensrÿche: 2011 September 25 - Austin, TX //7.Nov.11
STS9: 26 & 27 August 2011 - Austin, TX //6.Sep.11
The Nocturnal Festival: 29-30 April 2011 - Texas //26.May.11
Umphrey's McGee: 20 April 2011 - Austin, TX //11.May.11
The Dandy Warhols: 14 November 2010 - Austin, TX //23.Dec.10
EOTO: 16 October 2010 - Austin, TX //30.Nov.10
STS9: 30 October 2010 - Austin, TX //28.Nov.10
Railroad Earth: 15 October 2010 - Austin, TX //10.Nov.10
Concrete Blonde: 19 June 2010 - Austin, TX //14.Jul.10
OK Go + Earl Greyhound: 19 May 2010 - Austin, TX //27.May.10
7 Walkers: 17 April 2010 - Driftwood, TX //16.May.10
New Monsoon: 16 April 2010 - Driftwood, TX //11.May.10
Sound Tribe Sector 9: 6 March 2010 - Dallas, TX //24.Mar.10
Gov't Mule: 19 February 2010: Austin, TX //1.Mar.10
Keller Williams: 6 February 2010 - Austin, TX //17.Feb.10
Anti-Flag: 27 January 2010 - Austin, TX //8.Feb.10
moe.: 14 November 2009 - Austin, TX //3.Dec.09
The Black Crowes: 22 October 2009 - Phoenix //10.Nov.09
Susan Tedeschi //9.Mar.09
Gov’t Mule + The Disco Biscuits //3.Mar.09
Arc Angels //6.Jan.09
Lotus + SeepeopleS //16.Dec.08
Railroad Earth + The Watson Twins //27.Oct.08
Oakland Rocks for Change //8.Oct.08
Power to the Peaceful Festival //29.Sep.08
Slow Food Rocks Festival //24.Sep.08
Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival – Part Two: Three Fields, Six Stages - Numerous Choices //22.Sep.08
Sound Tribe Sector 9 + Bassnectar //17.Sep.08
Yellowjackets featuring Mike Stern //26.Aug.08
Los Lonely Boys + Los Lobos //19.Aug.08
Jefferson Starship + The Zombies //7.Aug.08
Aimee Mann //3.Aug.08
Phil Lesh & Friends - Part One: Brokedown Palace //29.Jun.08
Hot Tuna //16.Jun.08
Anti-Flag + The Street Dogs //11.Jun.08
Yonder Mountain String Band //4.Jun.08
Hot Buttered Rum //4.Jun.08
The Avett Brothers //13.May.08
The Greyboy Allstars //27.Apr.08
Maceo Parker //26.Mar.08
Perpetual Groove //25.Mar.08
Tea Leaf Green + Blue Turtle Seduction //10.Mar.08
Umphrey’s McGee //28.Feb.08
New Monsoon + End of Time Observatory //21.Feb.08
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals //7.Feb.08
Ryan Adams and the Cardinals: Follow the Lights //29.Oct.07
Trey Anastasio: The Horseshoe Curve //21.Aug.07
Mus: La Vida //16.Aug.07
Smashing Pumpkins //5.Aug.07
Grateful Dead: Three From the Vault //2.Aug.07
Perpetual Groove: Livelovedie //18.Jul.07
Sing Out for Seva feat. Mickey Hart and Friends, Tea Leaf Green, and Chris Robinson's Wooden Family //31.May.07
The Disco Biscuits pt. 1 //4.Dec.06
The Disco Biscuits pt. 2 //4.Dec.06
Donna the Buffalo //28.Nov.06
Nights of the Living Dead Part 3: Ratdog //16.Nov.06
Widespread Panic //3.Oct.06
Sound Tribe Sector 9 //17.May.06
Widespread Panic Burns Down Los Angeles Once Again | 19 Apr 2015 // 10:00 PM
Playing the right song at the right time has long been part of Widespread Panic's magic formula, and so it was again with their March 2015 concert in Los Angeles.
Jackie Greene Rocks San Diego's Hipster Haven | 1 Apr 2015 // 10:00 PM
Greene won’t be pigeonholed, and his adventurous muse finds appeal in wider audiences each year.
Umphrey's McGee Soars in the City of Angels with Joshua Redman | 30 Mar 2015 // 5:00 AM
The combo of Umphrey’s McGee and Joshua Redman has become one of the present day's top showcases of sonic wizardry.
Marco Benevento: San Diego, CA -- 5 March 2015 | 24 Mar 2015 // 2:00 AM
The combo of Benevento’s laid back vibes and feel good grooves is tailor made for a neighborhood like San Diego's Ocean Beach.
Galactic Blasts Off in San Diego - 3 March 2015 | 17 Mar 2015 // 5:01 AM
Any chance to get a taste of one of New Orleans’ best sonic flavors is one to be savored, and Galactic did not disappoint San Diego.