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."
The teen twosome who struck back at "bro-country" chauvinists ("Sure I'll slide on over, but you're gonna get slapped!") topped Billboard's Country Airplay chart last week, five months after their debut single was released. A girl-power victory.
The 14-year wait for D'Angelo's album Black Messiah (RCA ) ended the night of Dec. 14 with a Beyoncé-esque surprise release. In light of this album's political vibe, it seems that Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson was prescient earlier this month when he called "for musicians and artists alike to push themselves to be a voice of the times that we live in."