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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, 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.


Sunday, July 22 2012

Vampires, Zombies and Superheroes... It Must Be Comic-Con International 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

Phish Rocks the House at Super Ball IX

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.


Reviews

Thursday, March 27 2014

Shpongle + The Desert Dwellers: 9 March 2014 - Santa Ana, CA

Shpongle stands out from the crowded EDM scene by remembering the organic rock roots of psychedelic music.


Wednesday, March 26 2014

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe: New Ammo

The group has been gelling again over the past two years and the results are evident here with a mix of fresh new tunes and a handful of sharp covers.


Friday, March 14 2014

King's X: 28 February 2014 - Ramona, CA

King’s X appears destined to remain an under-the-radar secret for their loyal fans, but no one’s complaining about still getting to see the band up close and personal.


Friday, March 7 2014

White Denim: 9 February 2014 - San Diego

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: 30 December 2013 - Denver

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.


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

Monday, April 14 2014

Galactic: 19 March 2014 - Solana Beach, CA

The band played like a championship basketball team throughout the night, passing the ball around and racking up assists to make sure the squad would have balanced scoring with great shots that came from the flow of the offense.


Wednesday, April 2 2014

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe: 7 March 2014 - Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA

No two shows are ever the same when you have a band that can stretch out the sonic landscape like these tone scientists can.


Sunday, March 30 2014

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: 27 February 2014 - San Diego

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.'s pop sound probably won’t connect with the southern NASCAR demographic that favors country music, but it is connecting with the West Coast party people.


Wednesday, March 26 2014

Umphrey's McGee: 14 March 2014 - San Diego

The men of Umphrey's McGee did their best to triumph over the adverse conditions with a series of high-energy jams to get some good vibes going.


Wednesday, February 26 2014

The Motet + The Earful: 8 February - San Diego

What ultimately sets the Motet apart are the tightly layered arrangements.


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