Dan DeLuca is an Inquirer pop music critic. But his "In the Mix" column in the Weekend section ventures further afield, into books, movies, TV, the Internet, graphic novels and anything you might call "popular culture."
With its 2011 album Slave Ambient, Philadelphia band The War on Drugs stepped into the big time. The album's dreamy, forward-pushing songs, written and sung by bandleader Adam Granduciel, garnered widespread acclaim. Slave Ambient landed on loads of year-end best lists, including The Inquirer's. The foursome moved up the music-industry food chain, from intimate clubs to midsize venues, and played marquee festivals around the world.
AUSTIN, Texas - Is SXSW Interactive the nerdiest place on earth? The conference, which brought more than 30,000 busily networking techies from all over the globe to Austin last week, and which precedes the better-known SXSW Music, is where the superstar attractions were NSA leaker Edward Snowden (via teleconference), Mythbusters host Adam Savage, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who referred to the confab as "geek central."