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."
When Daryl Hall and John Oates took the mike at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Thursday night - in a gala at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. - Hall reflected on both the honor and the injustice of being the first "homegrown Philly act" inducted. He listed many deserving names, from Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes to Todd Rundgren.
Time-tested and traditional American music sounds freshly invigorated and deeply personal in the hands of Alynda Lee Segarra. She's the front woman of the New Orleans folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff, which plays World Cafe Live tonight. They have emerged with Small Town Heroes, a sterling set of Sagarra-penned originals. It's the band's fifth full-length release but its first to reach a wide audience.