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."
NEW ORLEANS — So many of the sounds that spill onto the streets here in America's most musical city are celebratory, from peppy zydeco to bottom-heavy New Orleans bounce music and the swaggering Second Line rhythms of the city's cacophonous brass bands. Especially during Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, whose 2012 edition took place over successive weekends in April and May, the City That Care Forgot can, to a visitor, seem like a place where the party never ends. Theresa Andersson, a Swedish native who has lived in New Orleans for 22 years, makes angular, thoroughly modern pop that is particularly invigorating when she performs as a "how'd-she-do-that?' one-woman-band, as she will Friday night at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia. While earning comparisons to contemporary acts like Björk and Feist, Andersson finds singular joyousness in reinterpreting gospel standards such as “O Mary Don't You Weep" and New Orleans staples like Allen Toussaint's "On Your Way Down."
- Gallery: 5th Annual Roots Picnic, Day 1
The 5th annual Roots Picnic, held at Festival Pier, this year grew into a two-day affair. The two-stage Picnic afforded The Roots the opportunity to put into play the full range of its interests, and the shuffle-culture festival did just that on Saturday.