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Imran Khan
Contributing Editor

Imran Khan is a freelance writer who lives in Canada.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications at York University before studying Creative Writing at the University of Toronto for Continuing Studies.  In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications like Inside Entertainment, aRUDE and The Toronto Quarterly.


Features

Tuesday, December 9 2014

Weapons of Bass Destruction: Mondo Marcio's 'Musica da Serial Killer'

Italian rapper Mondo Marcio turns the bass on Musica da Serial Killer into a weaponized element. Never before have the sensations of death, dread and groove been so synonymous in music.


Sunday, October 26 2014

Heart of Darkness: An Interview with Valery Gore

Buried deep in the emotional grain of Valery Gore's music, there is some semblance of order, some sense of undisclosed truths.


Wednesday, September 3 2014

Wake to Dream: An Interview with David Bridie, Australia's Best Kept Secret

After three decades as a recording artist, David Bridie, Australia's best kept secret, releases his fourth solo album Wake, an album born on the outer reaches of a dream.


Wednesday, August 6 2014

Another Jewel in the Crown: An Interview with Ruby's Lesley Rankine

After more than a decade on hiatus, Ruby returns with another set of intriguing, thought-provoking tunes. Lesley Rankine speaks with PopMatters about the return.


Sunday, July 27 2014

Storm in a Teacup: An Interview with Bedouin Soundclash's Jay Malinowski

Canadian artist Jay Malinowski takes to the high seas for his lushly sprawling sophomore effort Martel.


Columns

Wednesday, October 15 2014

A Dark Rapture: The Rise of Punk in Spain

Spanish punkers came swinging harder than ever, screaming not for the sake of inducing change, but screaming for the sake of screaming – because now they could.


Sunday, September 7 2014

The Other Side of the Looking Glass: An Interview with Kelli Deeth

Kelli Deeth’s characters, at the end of their wits and their youth, take the long, last painful look into their abating past, only to see themselves staring back at a fated future.


Wednesday, August 20 2014

From the Soul to the Hills: The Music of the Caucasus

The music of the Caucasus is powered by national ardour and ritual. All that's needed is an open and willing audience to accept the undisclosed gifts it brings.


Tuesday, July 1 2014

Shocking the Casbah: The Maghrebi-Noir of Rachid Taha

A furious mix of hip-hop beats, Arabic primal screams and punk-rock guitars, Taha brilliantly battles against the ideologies of both Western and Arab traditions.


Wednesday, April 2 2014

A Controlled Lunacy: Brigitte Fontaine's Manic French Pop

French pop's most peculiar figure has been baffling and delighting audiences for decades with her challenging blend of global music styles.


Reviews

Sunday, December 14 2014

Annette Peacock: I Belong to a World That's Destroying Itself

Legendary music artist Annette Peacock fuses blues, rock, jazz and poetry on her once rare 1969 debut, finally reissued by Ironic Records.


Monday, December 8 2014

'Tesis' Hits All the Points on the Standard Suspense Curve

Alejandro Amenábar’s suspense-drama Tesis is a fairly predictable, American-influenced thriller, but its stellar performances, particularly from Ana Torrent, are all aces.


Monday, December 1 2014

'The Conformist' Is a Political Thriller Washed in the Hues of a Thousand Psychosexual Dreams

Bernardo Bertolucci’s magnificent drama The Conformist bridges the supreme elegance of the jazz age with Euro mod-chic.


Wednesday, November 12 2014

Ruby: Waiting For Light

Still trading on much of the heavy electronic grooves of past albums, Ruby's latest effort also sees much of the sonics stripped to a bare minimum of just voice and guitar.


Thursday, October 9 2014

Love in a Gilded Cage: 'Blanche'

A master of visuals, Walerian Borowczyk's stunning recreation of medieval life presents a world which seems as real and defined as the space in our own living rooms.


Blogs

Wednesday, November 19 2014

Salute the Piano Player: An Interview with Mark Springer

Mark Springer's Piano is an album to remind listeners of the possibilities on offer when one is open to chance and emotion.


Wednesday, November 19 2014

Yung Truth, D.A., Hoodzee and L. Salv - "The Cypher" (video)

Four British MCs work a dark hip-hop groove in an exchange of words edged with the grit of London streets.


Thursday, November 13 2014

20 Questions: Dizraeli

Dizraeli, Boho-hip-hop ranter and raver, has built up a steady following with his homespun grooves and twitchy raps.


Friday, October 17 2014

Da Poet - "Instrumentals Vol. 5" (audio)

Turkish rapper Da Poet returns with another set of moody hip-hop instrumentals.


Thursday, June 12 2014

Vanessa Daou - "Trouble Comes" (video)

The singer's latest video clip takes its cues from the works of Maya Deren and Valie Export.


Turkish Stars and "88 Bars" (video) (Mixed Media) [29.Jan.14]
In a Funk: Nemi's "Quello Che Mi Resta" (Mixed Media) [15.Aug.13]
Ben Watt - "North Marine Drive" (1983) (Mixed Media) [14.May.13]
Bel Mondo: An Interview with Mondo Marcio (Sound Affects) [25.Apr.13]
Caso Perso - "Passo Falso" (video) (Mixed Media) [20.Mar.13]
Wanderlust: An Interview with David Woll (Sound Affects) [25.Feb.13]
Stina Nordenstam - "Another Story Girl" (Mixed Media) [21.Feb.13]
Hannah Marcus - "Hairdresser in Taos" (Mixed Media) [13.Feb.13]
Annette Peacock - "Sky-skating" (1982) (Mixed Media) [28.Jan.13]
Nicolette - "Fascination" (Mixed Media) [28.Jan.13]
Fecr-i Ati -"Kalkmaz Kir" (stream) (Mixed Media) [9.Jan.13]
Black Eskimo - "Escapology" (video) (Mixed Media) [17.Jul.11]
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