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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

  • 'I'm speaking up': Why EDM's Zedd organized an all-star benefit for the ACLU

    'I'm speaking up': Why EDM's Zedd organized an all-star benefit for the ACLU

    Zedd’s upcoming benefit concert at Staples Center started with a tweet. The 27-year-old electronic music star — who was born Anton Zaslavski in Russia, grew up in Germany and now lives in Los Angeles — was on the road in January when President Donald Trump announced his controversial ban on travel...

  • With 'More Life,' Drake flexes a license to roam

    With 'More Life,' Drake flexes a license to roam

    An album. A mixtape. An audiobook in which he annotates his old scripts from “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” At this point, it doesn’t really matter what form a new Drake release takes. The Canadian rapper and singer — and former teen actor — is so popular that whatever he puts out is almost certain...

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