Last week, POTUS came to SXSW. On Wednesday, it was FLOTUS' turn. After her husband appeared at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin on Friday, first lady Michelle Obama arrived in town on Wednesday morning, and on the day her husband was back in Washington introducing a new Supreme Court nominee, she
Dan DeLuca's Mix Picks: Spike Lee's 'Michael Jackson's Journey', Mary Lattimore, Sturgill Simpson, Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to "Off the Wall." The title of Spike Lee's MJ doc doesn't trip off the tongue, but with the help of talking heads - including Quincy Jones, Questlove, Kobe Bryant, and, yes, David Byrne - and a trove of fabulous performance footage, it digs most satisfyingly into the former child star's pre-Thriller coming-of-age period. On DVD and Showtime On Demand.
When it came to achieving tragic-hero status through premature demise, the subjects of Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements, Bob Mehrs excellent biography of the much-loved Minneapolis rock band, couldnt even manage that.
Dan DeLuca's Mix Picks: Mavis and Loretta on TV, plus Rickie Lee Jones, Conan and Alex Shaw in concert
Mavis Staples. The 76-year-old gospel great with the rumbling bass voice is celebrated in the HBO music doc Mavis!, whose talking heads include her ex-boyfriend Bob Dylan. And there's Livin' on a High Note, her new M. Ward-produced album with new songs by Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Aloe Blacc, among others. On HBO on Demand.
When we first meet Richie Finestra, the hero of Vinyl, the new HBO drama about the 1970s glory days of the music business premiering with a two-hour Martin Scorsese-directed pilot at 9 p.m. Sunday, the exec played by Bobby Cannavale is scoring an eight-ball of cocaine.
Those Darlins. Last chance to see the terrific Nashville rock-and-roll trio, who are unfortunately going on "indefinite hiatus" after a three-album run highlighted by 2011's Screws Get Loose. They've released a cover of Divine's title track to John Waters' movie Female Trouble as a parting gift. 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Boot & Saddle.
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."