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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

  • Grateful Dead announce two more 'Fare Thee Well' shows in California
    Grateful Dead announce two more 'Fare Thee Well' shows in California

    West Coast Grateful Dead fans, your miracle ticket may well be on its way. Faced with overwhelming demand for what's been billed as the last run of shows together for surviving Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and Bob Weir at Chicago's Soldier Field, the band has announced...

  • 'Blurred Lines' verdict: In jazz, the vibe is everything
    'Blurred Lines' verdict: In jazz, the vibe is everything

    Jazz may be miles away from pop in terms of financial power -- its intake roughly amounts to the change Pharrell Williams leaves behind in the couch cushions -- but its Twitter community reacted to this week's "Blurred Lines" verdict, in which a jury compelled Williams and Robin Thicke to pay $7.4...

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