Mikael Wood

Writer

Mikael Wood writes about pop music in all its ever-quickening splendor. Prior to joining the Los Angeles Times in 2012, he was a freelance contributor to Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Spin and the Village Voice. He grew up in Little Rock, Ark., graduated from Northwestern University and knows every word to “Mo Money Mo Problems.” He was named pop music critic in 2016. 

Recent Articles

  • Jackie Evancho sings for the new president

    Jackie Evancho sings for the new president

    Trump aide describes inflated crowd count as 'alternative facts' Jan. 22, 2017, 10:44 a.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration: Senior Trump advisor defends false claims of inauguration crowd size Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson wins key support Trump on one...

  • 'America the Beautiful' gets a second airing at Trump inauguration

    'America the Beautiful' gets a second airing at Trump inauguration

    Trump aide describes inflated crowd count as 'alternative facts' Jan. 22, 2017, 10:44 a.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration: Senior Trump advisor defends false claims of inauguration crowd size Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson wins key support Trump on one...

  • Trump's pre-inaugural concert projected a troublingly narrow vision of America

    Trump's pre-inaugural concert projected a troublingly narrow vision of America

    For all the uncertainty that Donald Trump has sown in the run-up to his inauguration as president, there’s at least one thing the incoming president can now be said to have clearly defined: The precise nature of “typically and traditionally American” entertainment. That’s the phrase Tom Barrack,...

  • Metallica, John Legend and Carrie Underwood will perform at the Grammy Awards

    Metallica, John Legend and Carrie Underwood will perform at the Grammy Awards

    The Recording Academy announced Wednesday the first round of performers for the 59th annual Grammy Awards, and, as always, it’s a far-flung bunch designed to attract as many viewers as possible to the televised ceremony branded as “music’s biggest night.” Veteran heavy-metal band Metallica, R&B...

  • The Chainsmokers light up again: Listen to the familiar-sounding 'Paris'

    The Chainsmokers light up again: Listen to the familiar-sounding 'Paris'

    “Let’s show them we are better.” That’s the refrain of the new Chainsmokers song “Paris,” which came out Friday and shot to No. 1 on iTunes. It’s also crazy advice the Chainsmokers have wisely elected not to follow. One of 2016’s biggest breakout acts, this band of EDM bros has found enormous success...

  • The xx lightens up — or does it? — on 'I See You'

    The xx lightens up — or does it? — on 'I See You'

    The lead single with the prominent Hall & Oates sample. The music video set at an underage dance party. The publicity photos that suggest a sunny Netflix reboot of “Three’s Company.” Everything the xx has revealed in the run-up to its third studio album, “I See You,” seems to lead toward the idea...

  • The 'La La Land' soundtrack is already enjoying a sales bump

    The 'La La Land' soundtrack is already enjoying a sales bump

    Golden Globes 2017 updates: What 'La La Land's' sweep means for the Oscar race; Meryl Streep's big speech and other memorable moments Jan. 9, 2017, 2:32 p.m. The Golden Globes have wrapped with "La La Land" breaking records and "Moonlight" winning for drama. But the night was filled with so much...

  • Sorry, pop stars — no Golden Globe for you

    Sorry, pop stars — no Golden Globe for you

    Golden Globes 2017 updates: What 'La La Land's' sweep means for the Oscar race; Meryl Streep's big speech and other memorable moments Jan. 9, 2017, 2:32 p.m. The Golden Globes have wrapped with "La La Land" breaking records and "Moonlight" winning for drama. But the night was filled with so much...

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