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.
Tuesday, August 19 2014
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 of the modern era.
Sunday, June 1 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
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
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
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.
Thursday, August 14 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
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).
Friday, July 25 2014
Chalice provided the grooviest kicks seen along old Route 66 in some time.
Wednesday, July 23 2014
Festival organizers won the day by pulling in some top talent from the nation’s jazz capital (New Orleans, of course) to mark the occasion.
Wednesday, July 2 2014
The middle day of the festival on Saturday featured a strong draw for the rock ‘n' roll crowd.
Monday, August 11 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
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.
Thursday, July 17 2014
When you live in a cutting-edge state where marijuana is legal, it’s easy to forget how far behind so much of America still is.
Wednesday, July 16 2014
A holiday Panic show provides the intrepid traveler with another flashing chance at bliss amidst the economic chaos that passes for the dwindling American Dream in 2014.
Thursday, June 12 2014
The virtuoso saxophonist is a true master of all trades in the music world.