Releasing your super-secret, heretofore not-known-to-exist album with absolutely no advance notice to surprise the internet and snap the music world to attention? That's soooo early 2016, like something Kendrick Lamar would have done - and did, with his unexpected Untitled Unmastered - way back in March, for goodness sake.
Quaker City Night Hawks, Fela Kuti 3-disc set, Pat Jordan's "A False Spring," Mothers, and The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
Quaker City Night Hawks. Don't let the band name fool you: This quartet that specializes in raucous rock and blues hails not from Philadelphia but Fort Worth, Texas, which explains its affinity for the guitar boogie of Lone Star State beardos ZZ Top. Sunday at Dawson Street Pub.
Bernie Sanders wasn't among the announced headliners at the Coachella music festival that's taken place over the last two weekends in the Southern California desert, but the candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for president was at the oversize gathering in more than just spirit.
The Black Dahlia Murder. Melodic death-metal band that, like James Ellroy's 1987 novel The Black Dahlia, takes their name from the lurid killing of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles in 1947. Touring behind their new album, Abysmal, with Fallujah and Disentomb. Sunday at Voltage Lounge.
Dan DeLuca's Mix Picks: The Kills and Bleached gig locally; Jackie Neale's #SubwaySeries; 1950s Moroccan music, and a book on L.A.'s punk scene
The Kills. Hard-edged duo of American singer Alison Mosshart - who also teams with Jack White in the Dead Weather - and English guitarist and Kate Moss husband Jamie Hince. Ash & Ice, the band's first album in five years, is due in June. With Kim & the Created. Monday at Union Transfer.
Dan DeLuca's Mix Picks: Charlie Puth, Radiooooo.com, Pokey LaFarge/Cactus Blossoms, Jonathan Richman, and "The Record Store of the Mind."
Charlie Puth. Rising piano-playing "Marvin Gaye" and "See You Again" pop star plays a headlining gig before heading out this spring as an opener for Selena Gomez, with whom the Rumson, N.J., singer is more than just BFFs, according to the gossip mags. Monday at TLA.
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."