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."
Lesley Gore, who died of lung cancer on Monday at 68, is often cited as a protofeminist pop-music heroine, mostly on the strength of her hit "You Don't Own Me," which reached No. 2 on the charts in 1964, when she was just 17.
Kendrick Lamar, "The Blacker the Berry." Compton, Calif., rapper Lamar heightens anticipation for the wish-it-would- come-out-already follow-up to his 2012 album, good kid, M.A.A.D. City, with this deep, dense, unsparing, and soul-searching song about African American identity. It borrows its title from Wallace Thurman's 1929 Harlem Renaissance novel.