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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.
How the Oscars represent a return to roots for Gillian Welch

Known for her old-timey country music, Oscar-nominated songwriter Gillian Welch grew up in Los Angeles as the daughter of two Hollywood insiders.

Being Rivers Cuomo: Why Weezer’s frontman put his life into a spreadsheet

In a candid conversation at his home, Rivers Cuomo tells The Times' Mikael Wood about Weezer's two new projects, the Black Album and the Teal Album, and recalls some complicated memories from the band's early days.

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