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Chris Barton

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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

  • 'Vinyl' canceled by HBO despite early renewal for Season 2

    'Vinyl' canceled by HBO despite early renewal for Season 2

    HBO has abandoned plans for a second season of its ’70s rock-steeped drama “Vinyl,” despite announcing the renewal back in February. “After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of VINYL,” read a statement from HBO. “Obviously, this was not an easy decision. ...

  • From ESPN to HBO, can Bill Simmons liven up 'Wednesday'?

    From ESPN to HBO, can Bill Simmons liven up 'Wednesday'?

    There’s an old joke that says when considering the distance from the back of an arena to center stage, it’s the last few feet that are the hardest to cross. Bill Simmons, former popular columnist for ESPN and founder of the departed sports and pop-culture website Grantland, is about to make that...

  • Overrated/Underrated: Psychic Temple takes on Eno's 'Music for Airports,' and 'The Enfield Haunting' offers TV chills

    Overrated/Underrated: Psychic Temple takes on Eno's 'Music for Airports,' and 'The Enfield Haunting' offers TV chills

    UNDERRATED ‘The Enfield Haunting’ on Hulu: It's not clear why ghost stories are always enhanced by the leftover wardrobe for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” but it’s been proved again in this three-episode miniseries. Based on an alleged 1977 haunting that also inspired recent box office champ “The...

  • Yolanda Hadid is leaving the 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'

    Yolanda Hadid is leaving the 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'

    There’s one less cast member of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” today as Yolanda Hadid took to Instagram to announce her departure from the series. “I believe that every exit is a new entry, and with that in mind I say goodbye to my @Bravotv Family,” she wrote, citing a desire to “bring back...

  • NBC announces premiere dates for 'The Voice,' new fall series

    NBC announces premiere dates for 'The Voice,' new fall series

    The fall TV schedule came into clearer focus on Wednesday as NBC announced premiere dates for returning shows “The Voice” and “Superstore” along with newcomers to its programming slate. Durable singing competition “The Voice” will embark on its 11th season on Monday, Sept. 19, followed by two episodes...

  • Jaime Camil of 'Jane the Virgin' to host TCA Awards

    Jaime Camil of 'Jane the Virgin' to host TCA Awards

    The Television Critics Assn. announced Tuesday morning that “Jane the Virgin” star Jaime Camil will host the annual TCA Awards this summer. Scheduled for Aug. 6 at the Beverly Hilton, the 32nd Annual TCA Awards will honor the  programming that has made an impact on the previous TV season. The awards...

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