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.
  • Appreciation
Aretha Franklin was the Queen of Soul and mastered the viral video, just by being Aretha

Everything the legendary singer did — songs, videos, performances — carried the unmistakable essence of Aretha.

  • Q&A
'It's a code for living': Gregory Porter and José James on the music of their heroes

The two jazz singers, each scheduled to perform this month at the Hollywood Bowl, discuss their separate tributes to Nat King Cole and Bill Withers.