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."
Way back in the 1990s, I started going to the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. Every March, I'd go back to find not only that the festival had gotten bigger and bigger - too big, it became clear this year, when four people were killed by a runaway drunken driver - but also that the city was mushrooming along with it.
Little Dragon. This Gothenburg, Sweden, underground quartet features Swedish-Japanese soul-pop singer Yukimi Nagano. They've found favor with in-the-know hip-hop heads like Questlove, Pharrell Williams, and Big Boi of OutKast. Monday at Union Transfer.