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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, March 25 2015

RxGF: Any Other Way

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.


Monday, March 2 2015

Animal Liberation Orchestra + T Sisters: 13 February 2015 - Solana Beach, CA

ALO won’t likely be skipping San Diego again any time soon if the crowd reaction on this night was any indication.


Friday, February 6 2015

Greyboy Allstars Kick Out the Jams in San Diego

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.


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.


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

Wednesday, April 1 2015

Jackie Greene Rocks San Diego's Hipster Haven

Greene won’t be pigeonholed, and his adventurous muse finds appeal in wider audiences each year.


Monday, March 30 2015

Umphrey's McGee Soars in the City of Angels with Joshua Redman

The combo of Umphrey’s McGee and Joshua Redman has become one of the present day's top showcases of sonic wizardry.


Tuesday, March 24 2015

Marco Benevento: San Diego, CA -- 5 March 2015

The combo of Benevento’s laid back vibes and feel good grooves is tailor made for a neighborhood like San Diego's Ocean Beach.


Tuesday, March 17 2015

Galactic Blasts Off in San Diego - 3 March 2015

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.


Thursday, February 19 2015

O.penVAPE Tour Delivers High Times with Keller Williams and the Motet

The Motet have been rocking Denver for over a decade and have seen a rise in national touring and prominence over the past few years, synchronistically mirroring the rise of legal cannabis or so it seems.


Gov't Mule: San Diego, CA - 27 September 2014 (Notes from the Road) [16.Oct.14]
Ume: 2 April 2014 - The Soda Bar, San Diego (Notes from the Road) [1.May.14]
Galactic: 19 March 2014 - Solana Beach, CA (Notes from the Road) [14.Apr.14]
Umphrey's McGee: 14 March 2014 - San Diego (Notes from the Road) [26.Mar.14]
The Motet + The Earful: 8 February - San Diego (Notes from the Road) [26.Feb.14]
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