Imran Khan is a writer who lives in Canada. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for other publications like Inside Entertainment, aRUDE and The Toronto Quarterly.
Deep Soul Diving: Jahshua Smith Deconstructs 'The 4th Wall' | 24 Jul 2017 // 3:17 AM
Smith's music is balanced on a sagacious tip, where he examines the rigmaroles of daily life through the Afrocentric prism of dialogue and debate.
Dope Opera: Azeem Talks with PopMatters About His West Coast Hip-Hop Classic, 'Garage Opera' | 11 Jul 2017 // 10:00 PM
In 1999, Azeem recorded his underground classic Garage Opera, hip-hop's equivalent of garage rock.
Digging the Earth: Michael J. Sheehy on Music, Politics and Personal History | 7 Jun 2017 // 10:00 PM
Miraculous Mule introduces politics into their poisonous melodrama on their latest album and frontman Michael J. Sheehy shares his greatest musical inspirations.
Callback to the Future: Maestro Gamin on the Miracles and Medicines of His Latest EP | 17 May 2017 // 9:00 PM
Maestro Gamin’s latest venture with producer Books One, Miracle Work Medicine, sees a return to Daisy Age hip-hop.
New York Minute, Hollywood Moment: An Interview With Actor David Labiosa | 2 May 2017 // 9:00 PM
"In 1980, I was a Hispanic in a lead role on television. It was a big deal." The veteran of the acting business for 40 years relates a wealth of memories working in the Hollywood industry.
Making a Sene: The Rise of Brian Marc //20.Sep.16
Come to Dada: Maestro Gamin's Hip-Hop Surrealism //16.Mar.16
Soviet Misfit: The Life and Music of BB Gabor //13.Mar.16
X = Why? Annette Peacock's 'X-Dreams' //10.Dec.15
Spoken-Hearted: An Interview With OVEOUS //8.Nov.15
Heart of Darkness: An Interview with Valery Gore //27.Oct.14
Wake Up: An Interview with Mason Jennings //25.Oct.11
Now Hear This! Valery Gore [Toronto, Canada] //26.May.10
The Riddle in the Middle of Nowhere: Anja Garbarek's 'Smiling and Waving' | 9 Aug 2017 // 9:00 PM
Impossibly Norwegian in style and substance, Anja Garbarek's Smiling and Waving describes the most ordinary lives lost in the voids of the most extraordinary riddles.
On Georgette Heyer's Debonair, Polished Butchery | 1 May 2017 // 9:30 PM
Heyer perfected the art of banter and her social engagements on the page often read like David Campton and Edward Albee plays -- sans the existential subversions.
How Far Will an Incomplete Woman Go to Obtain Her Sense of Self? | 13 Mar 2017 // 9:30 PM
Much in the way the women of Persona and 3 Women assimilate into lives of their objects of affection, the women of Single White Female experience a similar fatal mutualism.
Slice of Life: Sinkane Lives it Up With His Latest Work, 'Life & Livin It' | 1 Mar 2017 // 9:30 PM
Sinkane’s counterintuitive approach to making (and performing) his music forces his roots to show unabashedly in ways that are almost punkishly defiant.
Home Alone: Laird Koenig's 'The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane' | 11 Dec 2016 // 9:30 PM
Novelist Laird Koenig managed to capture the world of children with an exactitude that is rare nowadays. His children are often sagacious -- and sometimes they're sociopaths.
An Italian in New York: Mondo Marcio Gets Fresh //30.Nov.16
As Good As Gold: Lio's Subversive Euro-Pop //16.Feb.16
The Young Turk: Kamufle's Basement-Deep Hip-Hop //15.Oct.15
Status Flow: The Kingly Rhymes of Marracash //23.Apr.15
A Dark Rapture: The Rise of Punk in Spain //15.Oct.14
The Rap Pack: Italy's Indie-Rappers //19.Feb.14
Istanbul Calling: Hip-Hop in the Melting Pot //5.Aug.13
Family Bonding, Poverty and Vagrancy in Children's Literature | 15 Jun 2017 // 9:45 PM
Three European classics, Seacrow Island, An Episode of Sparrows and Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill explore difficult topics with profundity and sincerity.
Woman: Happy Freedom | 11 Jun 2017 // 9:10 PM
Happy Freedom may be the only album to make you think of Marvin Gaye and Kraftwerk at the same time.
Andrzej Żuławski’ Finds Love and Family in the 'Cosmos' | 25 May 2017 // 4:30 AM
At its heart, Cosmos is a very human story born from rudiments both otherworldly and oneiric.
Walerian Borowczyk Explores the Obsessive Quest in 'Story of Sin' | 24 May 2017 // 5:00 AM
In Story of Sin, there's a realism articulated through a psychological terror, an anxiety ramped up to the wild-eyed surveying of struggle and compromise.
Parochial Hierarchy in Walerian Borowczyk's 'Goto, Isle of Love' | 17 May 2017 // 3:29 AM
Shot in lustrous black and white, Borowczyk’s film straddles an impossible line between grim drama and ramshackle fantasy.
Living the Blues in 'Chilly Scenes of Winter' //18.Apr.17
U.G.: Portals //13.Nov.16
Fantôm Menace: The Films of 'Fantômas' //15.Jun.16
Art Decadence in 'L'inhumaine' //26.May.16
Street Roving in 'Downtown 81' and 'Wild Style' //23.May.16
Betty Boo: Grrr! It's Betty Boo //20.Apr.16
Aparat: Aparat //6.Apr.16
Nixxon: For No Good Reason //27.Mar.16
Jovanotti: 2015 CC //14.Mar.16
Dancing Up a Storm in 'Valentino' //29.Feb.16
The Reign of 'Black Caesar' //24.Jan.16
'Little Sister' Keeps it All in the Family //18.Jan.16
Sexual Climates in 'Black Angel' //10.Jan.16
OMC Pauly Fuemana's Bizarre Life //8.Dec.15
Down and Out in Hollywood: 'Slam Dance' //7.Dec.15
'A Black Veil for Lisa' Isn't Worth Unveiling //16.Nov.15
Rebel Hell //15.Oct.15
'The Sender' Delivers Psychic Horror //4.Oct.15
Astrid Williamson: We Go to Dream //17.Aug.15
Jack Savoretti: Written in Scars //23.Jul.15
The Lover Speaks: The Lover Speaks //22.Jul.15
Two Works in Anaïs Nin's Cities of the Interior //20.May.15
School's Out Forever in 'Class of 1984' //13.Apr.15
Charlie Winston: Curio City //3.Mar.15
'La Belle Captive' Is a Beautiful Nightmare //15.Feb.15
Neneh Cherry: Blank Project Deluxe //12.Feb.15
Björk: Biophilia Live //27.Jan.15
'The Conformist' Is a Political Thriller Washed in the Hues of a Thousand Psychosexual Dreams //1.Dec.14
Ruby: Waiting For Light //12.Nov.14
Love in a Gilded Cage: 'Blanche' //9.Oct.14
Thomas Dybdahl: What's Left Is Forever //29.Jun.14
It's No Longer a Man's World in 'Ms. 45' //10.Jun.14
Mondo Marcio: Nella bocca della tigre //2.Jun.14
Albin de la Simone: Un Homme //8.Apr.14
Mark Springer: Menu //5.Mar.14
Vanessa Daou: Light Sweet Crude (Act 1: Hybrid) //27.Feb.14
'The Beauty of the Devil' and the Visual Feast //17.Nov.13
The Bloody Beetroots: Hide //25.Oct.13
Boris Carloff: The Escapist //10.Jun.13
Royal Wood: We Were Born to Glory //31.Jan.13
Da Poet: Poetika //23.Jan.13
Jovanotti: Italia: 1988-2012 //1.Oct.12
Jack Savoretti: Before the Storm //13.Sep.12
Lori Carson: Another Year //31.Jul.12
Dreadzone: Eye on the Horizon //27.Jul.10
Ingrid Chavez: A Flutter and Some Words //25.Jan.10
Vanessa Daou: Joe Sent Me //7.Sep.09
Miranda Barber: Lips' Decision //24.Mar.09
Jeanne Cherhal: Leau //28.Aug.07
Anja Garbarek: Angel-A //12.Mar.07
David Grumel: Beaurivage //3.Jan.07
Black Milk Gives 'Em 'Hell' | 8 Jun 2017 // 6:30 AM
Much of If There's a Hell Below's themes relay anxieties buried deep, manifested as sound when they are unearthed.
Smudge and Jury: The Punk-Noir Pulp of 'I, The Jury' | 27 Apr 2017 // 6:00 AM
With all the roughneck charm of a '40s-era pulp novel and much style to spare, I, The Jury is a good, popcorn-filling yarn.
'The Glassblower's Children' Explores the Existential Melancholia of the Child's World | 12 Apr 2017 // 5:30 AM
Deep at the existentialist heart of this story there's a solemn treatise on the socially inequitable struggles between the worlds of the child and the adult.
Woman - "Marvelous City" (video) (premiere) | 7 Apr 2017 // 5:00 AM
Swelling with sonic panic and anxiety, "Marvelous City" overflows like a cauldron of anti-romantic synthpop.
'The Island of Horses' Captures the Beauty of a Windswept Irish Coast | 4 Apr 2017 // 9:15 PM
Between the villainous merchants, sailors and mysterious horses, it is the windswept Irish landscape that emerges as the true character of this story.