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.
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.
Wednesday, December 17 2014
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 call themselves a punk band, but the power trio bring a distorted grunge rock sound to the party as well.
Monday, October 27 2014
True Love Scars is a whirlwind tale of a young music fanatic’s quest for true love, high times and “the authentic real” (not necessarily in that order).
Tuesday, September 30 2014
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
Maybe getting down just for the funk of it could indeed help unite the world in peace and harmony.
Monday, December 8 2014
Attending moe.’s Big Lebowski show after Phish’s Halloween bonanza was akin to doubling down after hitting the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll jackpot, except that the odds heavily favored those willing to gamble the rest of their evening.
Wednesday, November 19 2014
ALO knew this was a special night and threw down one funky song after another, as is their trademark, keeping the dance party grooving for some three plus hours on a night that no one wanted to end.
Friday, October 17 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
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 are sort of like a hybrid strain of cannabis. The music has an uplifting effect, yet one that’s blended with a relaxed vibe.