CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been inconsistent when it comes to inducting pop acts who primarily just stood in front of a microphone.Michael Jackson got in. So did Madonna. Of course, those artists had a little something extra. They were lauded as much for their performing as they were for their songwriting and impacts on pop culture.Yet, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey can’t quite break the barrier. It’s a mentality that goes back to the Rock Hall’s consideration (or lack thereof) of crooners. Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Tony Bennett will probably never get in. But Nat King Cole and Bobby Darin were okay.Our “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Remixed” series looks back on every year of Inductions, fixing mistakes and re-evaluating resumes.[See previous remixed classes: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009]Rock … [Read more...] about Re-evaluating the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s induction of ABBA
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By TEJAL RAO OCT. 24, 2018 The story of how Kit Kats, once a British chocolate export, became a booming business from Hokkaido to Tokyo — and changed expectations about what a candy bar could be. The story of how Kit Kats, once a British chocolate export, became a booming business from Hokkaido to Tokyo — and changed expectations about what a candy bar could be. By TEJAL RAO OCT. 24, 2018 Photographs by SPENCER LOWELL The seven-story Don Quijote megastore in the Shibuya district of Tokyo is open 24 hours a day, but it’s hard to say when it’s rush hour, because there’s always a rush. A labyrinth of aisles leads to one soaring, psychedelic display after another presided over by cartoon mascots, including the mascot of Don Quijote itself: an enthusiastic blue penguin named Donpen who points shoppers toward toy sushi kits and face masks soaked with snail excretions and rainbow gel pens and split-toe socks. The candy section is vast, with … [Read more...] about In Japan, the Kit Kat Isn’t Just a Chocolate. It’s an Obsession.
Photographs by CHRISTOPHER PAYNE OCT. 24, 2018 For millions of Latin Americans, the Colombina factory in La Paila is the place where sweet moments are made. For millions of Latin Americans, the Colombina factory in La Paila is the place where sweet moments are made. Photographs by CHRISTOPHER PAYNE OCT. 24, 2018 by INGRID ROJAS CONTRERAS Like any good immigrant, I know on which bodega shelves to find the food portals to my childhood. I know where to turn, where to crouch, where to bow before the ready-made boxes to make Colombian buñuelos, pandebonos, pandeyucas and arepas. But the one food item I cannot find in San Francisco is the candy of my childhood. I grew, as we say in Colombia, a punta de Bon Bon Bum. The strawberry lollipop was such a central part of my diet, I wouldn’t be surprised if I was made of equal parts Valle del Cauca sugar and red dye No.40. Bon Bon Bums (pronounced like the French bonbon and the English “boom”) are lollipops … [Read more...] about Inside Colombia’s Beloved Candy Factory
By MARY H. K. CHOI OCT. 24, 2018 Candy is controversial. Scouring the globe in search of the sweet stuff reveals just how different our palates are — and how much we have in common. Candy is controversial. Scouring the globe in search of the sweet stuff reveals just how different our palates are — and how much we have in common. By MARY H. K. CHOI OCT. 24, 2018 Photo Illustration by MASSIMO GAMMACURTA Whenever I land in a new country, before I’ve even left the arrivals hall, my mind turns to shopping. Not the boutiques or cosmetics counters, no duty-free sunglasses and designer perfumes for me. No, the pressing calculus as I make my way to baggage claim is driven by drugstores, kiosks, supermarkets and vending machines. In a new port of call, I like to know what sort of candy I’m dealing with. As with breakfast foods, I believe candy is often tastier the less expensive it is. I like my confections approachable. Low-rent. Basic. Shot through with … [Read more...] about These Are the World’s Best Candies. Want to Fight About It?
Ed Masley Arizona Republic Published 8:45 PM EDT Oct 12, 2018 Twenty One Pilots return to the Valley this fall in a season that also brings big shows from Justin Timberlake and System of a Down. Here's a look at those and other concert swinging through the Valley's biggest rooms this, from rock and pop to hip-hop, R&B and country. 10/12: 'Fiesta Friday' "Fiesta Friday" returns with the same lineup as last year — Baby Bash (whose hits include the double-platinum “Cyclone,” “Suga Suga” and “Baby I’m Back”), Lil Rob ("Bring Out the Freak in You" and "Summer Nights"), MC Magic and Brown Boy. Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $40-$60, including fair admission. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com. 10/12: John Paul White Best known for his former role as one half of the Grammy-winning duo the Civil Wars, White is playing an acoustic show at the … [Read more...] about Upcoming concerts in Phoenix: Twenty One Pilots, System of a Down