Erykah Badu, "Phone Down." Texas R&B priestess delivers spare and hypnotic rap-singing in which she boasts of having the ultimate power in this digital day and age: "I can make you put your phone down." From her But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape.
Who invented rock-and-roll? Peter Guralnick, the justly esteemed biographer of Elvis Presley and Sam Cooke, calls his richly immersive new book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll (Little, Brown, 748 pages, $32). Phillips was the owner of Sun Studios in Memphis, where many of the early greats recorded.
Paul Thorn. He's a Tupelo, Miss.-reared blues and gospel singer-songwriter and former boxer who once went six rounds with Roberto Durán. He maintains a positive attitude on his latest album, Too Blessed to Be Stressed. 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Sellersville Theater.
The Cutting Edge, 1965-1966 (Columbia/Legacy is a new Bob Dylan archival collection that focuses on the incandescent creative burst of the world-changing songwriter's early electric years. In these work tapes, Dylan and his producers often call out song titles that will be unfamiliar to even ardent fans.
Claire Boucher, the Canadian indie electronic artist who records as Grimes, is a fabulously conflicted pop star. Boucher, who plays a sold-out late show Saturday at Union Transfer as part of her Rhinestone Cowgirl tour, has just released Art Angels, her fourth album and by far her most pop-targeted effort to date. It's also the first sign of evidence of her professed love for such Top 40 heroines as Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, and the Dixie Chicks.
Speaking of local venues, here are some great shows coming up: John Moreland. A powerfully voiced Oklahoma songwriter who specializes in Americana songs so doleful - sample title: "You Don't Care Enough for Me to Cry" - that his fans have started an Instagram account at the address @cheerupjohnmoreland. 8 p.m. Tuesday at World Cafe Live.
COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS The Country Music Association awards on Wednesday (8 p.m., 6ABC) are the Grammys of country: That is, they're a showbiz production that by no means accurately rewards the best music released in a given year, but that are still the most prestigious of a glut of TV awards shows. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host.
At a star-studded gala presented by the Philadelphia Music Alliance, the Roots topped the bill Monday night at the Fillmore Philadelphia as the hip-hop and Tonight Show band led a slate of seven acts inducted into the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame.
Dan DeLuca's Mix Picks: Disclosure, ' A Brief History of Seven Killings,' Daniel Bachman,' Old 97's, 'The Story of the Lost Child'
Disclosure. Two nights with brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence. The British dance music producers broke out with 2013's Settle, thanks to Sam Smith's singing on "Latch." They're back with the packed-with-pop-stars album Caracal, with Lorde, Miguel, and, again, Smith. The biggest EDM event thus far at the spiffy new Fishtown venue. Monday and Tuesday at the Fillmore.
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."