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, March 25 2015
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
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
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
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.
Wednesday, April 1 2015
Greene won’t be pigeonholed, and his adventurous muse finds appeal in wider audiences each year.
Monday, March 30 2015
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
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
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
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.