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."
There's a brand-new music festival in Kentucky, and it's a rousing success, the satirical news site the Onion reported this month. It's called the Cavalcade Folk & Roots Festival, and its programming is unique in that the four-day gathering includes no actual music. Instead, it "consists solely of a big empty field to do drugs in."
No performers bond with their audience like Taylor Swift, and on Friday night in South Philadelphia, the 25-year-old pop superstar from Wyomissing spent more than two hours connecting with 50,000 of her closest fans in the first of back-to-back sellout shows at Lincoln Financial Field.