Los Angeles Times

Chris Barton

Writer

Chris Barton is the Los Angeles Times’ deputy pop music editor, jazz critic and pop cultural snark peddler in the weekly column, Overrated/Underrated. In addition to writing for The Times for more than 10 years, his words have appeared in the Seattle Weekly, Magnet magazine and a host of extinct dotcoms. He was born in Boston, studied in the Bay Area and his fate was probably decided somewhere between first hearing John Coltrane’s “Equinox” and Charlie Hunter’s “Natty Dread.” 

Recent Articles

  • HBO announces 'Westworld' will finally air this fall

    HBO announces 'Westworld' will finally air this fall

    Almost a year after releasing a buzzed-about trailer, HBO has finally given something of a premiere date for its new series "Westworld," its adaptation of the 1973 Michael Crichton movie. With a statement offering little information beyond the promise of a 10-episode season set in "a world in which...

  • Billy Ray Cyrus looks for a reinvention as a fallen Elvis impersonator on CMT

    Billy Ray Cyrus looks for a reinvention as a fallen Elvis impersonator on CMT

    Unless you were the right age for Miley Cyrus's hit Disney Channel series “Hannah Montana” in the '00s, the name Billy Ray Cyrus conjures memories of his omnipresent ‘90s pop-country hit “Achy Breaky Heart” and a business-in-front, party-in-the-back hairdo long since relegated to theme parties....

  • Robert Glasper mines the Miles Davis archive on the inside-out tribute 'Everything's Beautiful'

    Robert Glasper mines the Miles Davis archive on the inside-out tribute 'Everything's Beautiful'

    "The jazz community kind of kills the alive to praise the dead," Robert Glasper told The Times in a 2012 interview for his album “Black Radio.” In addition to being successful enough to spawn a sequel, that record forged a path through jazz, R&B and hip-hop so inviting that a number of albums released...

  • Rejoice, comrades: 'The Americans' renewed for final two seasons

    Rejoice, comrades: 'The Americans' renewed for final two seasons

    FX had good news for fans of its '80s-era spy drama "The Americans": The show has been renewed for two more seasons. The bad news? The show, much like the Cold War, is drawing to a close with those final two installments, which will stretch over the next two years with a 13-episode fifth season...

  • May all video become home video

    May all video become home video

    The Blur: Is it TV or movie? Does it matter anymore? May 20, 2016, 12:07 p.m. The way we watch movies and TV keeps changing. "Lawrence of Arabia" appears on our mobile phones. ESPN's 7 ½-hour O.J. docu-series premieres at the multiplex. Then there's that comedy webisode you catch between meetings...

  • Fox shifts 'Bones' to winter, announces debut of new baseball drama 'Pitch'

    Fox shifts 'Bones' to winter, announces debut of new baseball drama 'Pitch'

    TV upfronts: 'Supergirl' bumps 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' to Friday on the CW and more news about the 2016-17 season May 20, 2016, 12:07 p.m. Let’s be upfront about this: it’s that time of year again. The networks are in the midst of the annual upfront frenzy. This is a series of events, mostly in New...

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