Mikael Wood Pop Music Critic
  • Los Angeles
  • LA Times

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.

140 Articles
about 15 hours ago
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The 20 best albums of 2022

Bad Bunny, Beyoncé, Rosalia and Taylor Swift vie for the top spot in our critic's list of the best albums of 2022.

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16 days ago
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In a giant sing-along, the sun goes down on Elton John at Dodger Stadium

One of music’s greatest living showmen returned to the site of perhaps his most famed concert as part of his Farewell...

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21 days ago
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From TikTok to the Grammys? Vocal powerhouse Lauren Spencer-Smith connects with Gen Z

A best new artist contender for the 2023 Grammys, the 19-year-old Canadian singer channels an eternal teenage ache vi...

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26 days ago
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By bucking norms, Ashley McBryde became one of country's most respected, and unlikeliest, stars

McBryde is up for 5 CMA Awards on Wednesday, including female vocalist and song of the year. Her new LP, 'Lindeville,...

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about 1 month ago
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New. Riri. Music. Rihanna returns with 'Lift Me Up' ballad from 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'

It's the pop superstar's first single as a lead artist since 2016 and arrives months before she is scheduled to play ...

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about 1 month ago
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A coming-out party for Harry Styles and fans, at opening night at the Forum

The concert, the first of 15 at the Kia Forum, was, as Styles announced, a place to “feel free to be whoever it is th...

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about 1 month ago
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Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner on fame, Frank Sinatra and the elusive search for the 'mega-riff'

Over tea in Los Feliz, Turner discusses his band's new album, 'The Car,' and the 'amusing choices' he made as a young...

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about 2 months ago
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Out of the woods, Taylor Swift's 'Midnights' heralds the return of a pop-music mastermind

After two rootsy pandemic albums, 'Midnights' picks up right where 2014’s '1989' and 2017’s 'Reputation' left off.

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about 2 months ago
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Here's how Taylor Swift's prolific run of albums stacks up against the all-time greats

'Midnights' will be Swift's fourth new album in as many years (six including her remakes of older LPs). Her only comp...

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about 2 months ago
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Wet Leg, adorably, have no idea what the Grammys are

The duo has come from nowhere — or, more precisely, the Isle of Wight — to delight U.S. rock fans with its offhand co...

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2 months ago
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In Loretta Lynn's voice, the unflinching truth about love, motherhood and women's lives

Over her groundbreaking half-century career, Lynn, who died on Tuesday at 90, could embody both the pain of betrayal ...

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3 months ago
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For director Brett Morgen, unlocking the mystery of David Bowie meant letting it be

If you show up at the immersive new Bowie film, 'Moonage Daydream,' expecting a typical rock doc, says Morgen, 'you’r...

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