Mikael Wood

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.
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Teyana Taylor appeared in public Friday night. Her new album? Not so much

Mikael Wood reviews the second night of the BET Experience, featuring Teyana Taylor, SZA, Ella Mai and Chris Brown.

Chrissie Hynde and Terry Hall talk contracts, band breakups ahead of Arroyo Seco Weekend

Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and the Specials singer Terry Hall compare notes on the old days — and the new — in advance of their performance at Arroyo Seco Weekend.