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."
Justin Townes Earle must be a country singer, or at least an alt-country singer, right? After all, the 32-year-old guitarist and songwriter, who packed the Ardmore Music Hall on Thursday night, is the son of fabled Texas troubadour Steve Earle. Plus, he's middle-named after Townes Van Zandt, the Lone Star tunesmith who is his father's primary influence.
- Video: U2 Give Away New Album to ITunes Users
U2 has just released what will soon be the most-deleted album in history. There it is, sitting in your iTunes Music Library whether you asked for it or not: Songs of Innocence, the heroic Irish rock band's 13th album, which they surprise-released for free Tuesday in partnership with Apple at the consumer tech giant's iPhone 6 (and Apple Watch) rollout in Cupertino, Calif.