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.
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.
Sunday, July 22 2012
What started decades ago as a mere comic book convention has become a massive Hollywood promo blitz for the hottest science fiction, fantasy and super hero properties in film and television.
Thursday, July 21 2011
The Vermont quartet delivered a monumental series of performance that conjured a Scott Pilgrim vs the World status – “an epic of epic epicness”. There seems to be only one band that has the dedicated fan base to stage its own mega-festival with no supporting acts.
Thursday, July 30 2009
The biggest question on the minds of most attendees was not whether there is a cover-up, but when it will end.
Friday, March 7 2014
The dynamic quartet can rock your socks off, but their sound is hard to categorize with its blend of prog-rock riffage, fuzzy blues, Southern soul and melty psychedelia.
Monday, February 10 2014
Tea Leaf Green keeps jamming on year after year because this is a band that is indeed all about the music. That passion comes out in the tunes and the live shows, and it’s what keeps the group’s dedicated fan base coming back for more.
Thursday, January 30 2014
Many fans are simply enraptured watching Redman trade licks with Cinninger and Bayliss, a dazzling showcase of 21st century music fusion.
Wednesday, January 22 2014
SCI throws down a jamming NYE celebration.
Sunday, January 19 2014
Trance dance space funk, the Mile High City becomes the modern mecca for EDM fans.
Wednesday, February 26 2014
What ultimately sets the Motet apart are the tightly layered arrangements.
Monday, February 24 2014
The ability to blend classic influences into new sonic flavors is one of Nelson’s strongest attributes and was evident throughout the night.