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Chris Barton

Chris Barton writes about TV, music and pop culture for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the newsroomin 2000 his roles have included time as senior web producer and deputy music editor. Heserves as The Times'jazz critic as well as the occasionally cranky voice behind the weekly column Overrated/Underrated. He was born in Boston, studied in the Bay Area and briefly dabbled in stand-up comedy before coming to his senses.
Overrated/Underrated: An 'American Fiasco' for soccer fans, and Ambrose Akinmusire's stunning 'Origami Harvest'

What's up and what's down in pop culture this week includes Ambrose Akinmusire, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a soccer podcast and Quibi

Where else would 'Saturday Night Live' begin this week than with Kanye West's Oval Office visit?

If there was one moment from last week’s typically turbulent news cycle that stood out as one where you could imagine the “Saturday Night Live” writers room leaning forward in attention, it was Kanye West’s White House visit with President Donald Trump. It was a frequently surreal moment that bef...

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