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."
AUSTIN, Texas - The prevailing image of Sam Beam, who makes music as Iron & Wine, is of an abundantly bearded man alone on stage with a guitar, whispering songs to take your breath away.
When the phone rang one afternoon last week, a familiar voice was on the line. It belonged to the prancing front man of the band that throughout its illustrious and sometimes sinister history defined what rock-and-roll is better than any other in the music's history.