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."
Beck Hansen's album Morning Phase, a becalmed collection from the changeling California songwriter, was surprise winner for album of the year at the 57th annual Grammy awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. The show was otherwise dominated by 22-year-old British crooner Sam Smith, who won best new artist as well as song and record of the year, and pop vocal performance.
Courtney Barnett, "Pedestrian at Best." "Put me on a pedestal and I'll only disappoint you / Tell me I'm exceptional and I'll promise to exploit you." The thumping lead single from Aussie ace lyricist and garage rocker Barnett's first proper full-length album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, due out on March 24.