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Deputy Music Editor and Jazz Critic — LA Times

Deputy pop music editor @latimes and @pophiss as well as a pop culture writer, jazz critic and ginger. We're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine.

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

latimes.com — 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 a pair of shows scheduled for June 27 and 28 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Chris Barton: A digital bill that's far too broad

nzherald.co.nz — "We need look no further than the Roast Busters case, where we had young Kiwi men take to social media to continue to harass and demean their victims far beyond the time and place of the initial attack, and it is happening more and more."

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

latimes.com — 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 million to the Gaye estate, like much of the music world: with a mostly appreciative indictment of Thicke, who is already easily pegged as an interloper for appropriating the sound of a legend like Marvin Gaye.

Grammys 2015: Jazz sticks to the familiar as Chick Corea wins two

sacbee.com — Awards speeches are ideal forums for jokes, even during the Grammys' Internet-only pre-show broadcast. But there was a kernel of truth to what was said from the stage as Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band accepted honors in the big band category for the album "Life in the Bubble": "Once again we want to thank Chick Corea for not making a large ensemble album."

Grammys 2015: Jazz sticks to the familiar as Chick Corea wins two

latimes.com — Awards speeches are ideal forums for jokes, even during the Grammys' Internet-only pre-show broadcast. But there was a kernel of truth to what was said from the stage as Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band accepted honors in the big band category for the album "Life in the Bubble": "Once again we want to thank Chick Corea for not making a large ensemble album."

Chris Barton: A chilling privacy call from our Supreme Court

nzherald.co.nz — Our Supreme Court has handed down a chilling ruling about the state's right to invade individual privacy - particularly when it's contained, as it is so often these days, on computers or mobile phones.

Overrated/Underrated: Will Jay Z's Tidal mark a new wave in listening?

timelines.latimes.com — There's a lot of pop culture to sort through week after week. Times staff writer Chris Barton offers his take on what's up and what's down in music, movies, television and just about anything else out there that is worth considering.

Chris Barton's best jazz albums of 2014

latimes.com — At the end of a year seemingly marked by more tragedy and loss than usual, here are 10 jazz albums from 2014 to raise spirits. The Steve Lehman Octet, "Mise en Abîme" (Pi Recordings): Saxophonist Steve Lehman calls the sound explored here "spectral harmony," an ephemeral-sounding concept that involves overtones and microtones but better translates as an intricate and adventurous whole.

Grammys 2015: Bold tributes among jazz nominees

latimes.com — Grammy voters have long shown a soft spot for tribute albums, and this year the jazz category features some inspired twists on the form. Honoring an acclaimed folk-pop singer-songwriter, pianist Billy Childs' lovingly drawn "Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro" was nominated in the jazz vocal album category.

Jazz picks: Vijay Iyer, Brad Mehldau with the Bad Plus and more

latimes.com — Vijay Iyer: 'Music of Transformation' at UCLA One of the most inventive and exciting jazz pianists working today, 2013 MacArthur Grant winner Vijay Iyer continues to redraw the boundaries of jazz while incorporating influences that stretch from Billy Strayhorn to L.A. beat alchemist Flying Lotus.
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Apr 17, 2015

Never turned my headphones louder than when seated next to someone congested and chewing gum on the train.

Apr 17, 2015

Half-apology for those last tweets: Pretty sure no one cares about how other critics are criticizing except another critic. #popcon2015

Apr 17, 2015

"Good critics should be more excited about getting their boots dirty than making friends on Twitter" -- more from washingtonpost.com/entertainment/…

Apr 17, 2015

So much here: "...poptimist dogma has been misread and misused. Deployed reflexively, it becomes worshipful of fame." washingtonpost.com/entertainment/…

Apr 16, 2015

"I can deal with Jar Jar Binks, but an earthquake would ruin it for me." @Toddmartens among the superfans herocomplex.latimes.com/movies/star-wa…

Apr 16, 2015

Thank you, ever-expanding hurricane of Star Wars hype for making me feel like I'm celebrating a new Coke when I get excited for a movie

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