Mikael Wood

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  • 9 years ago

    This week's big hip-hop shows couldn't be more different, which is no reason for you to avoid catching both. Boots Riley, main man of Oakland's the Coup, is hip-hop's pre-eminent Communist; he raps about putting power in the people's hands but doe...

  • 10 years ago

    This year's edition of American Idol--the show's fourth season since igniting a tele-musical frenzy in 2002--was something of a triumph for the South: The program's two finalists, Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood and Alabama-born Bo Bice, proved t...

  • 12 years ago

    Sheryl Crow left Las Vegas, but have the '90s given us a better recidivist than her? The singer's new, surprisingly great Greatest Hits is a virtual treatise on shining up shit--on turning the shallow and tawdry and questionably legal into little ...

  • 12 years ago

    As problematic musical responses to September 11 go, I'll take Alan Jackson's disarmingly honest "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" over Lynyrd Skynyrd's probably truth-stretching "Red White and Blue" any day of the week, since Jack...

  • 12 years ago

    Even those sweater-wearing, ballad-loving, lower-lip-quivering pretty boys in Travis know it to be true: "All I want to do is rock," front man Fran Healy sang in an early single that didn't really. Yet on new albums by hairy American Andrew W.K. a...

  • 12 years ago

    How good was Dwight Yoakam in Hollywood Homicide as rap mogul Isaiah Washington's creepy bad-cop henchman? Yeah, you're right, not that good. Half-convincing glower aside, Population: Me, the part-time actor/full-time honky-tonker's latest, is ano...