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Imran Khan

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

Monday, June 9 2014

Dead Men Dancing: An Interview with Michael J. Sheehy

Capturing the cinematic sweep of a lounging troubadour on his last dime and meal, Michael J. Sheehy's cold romantic fables are the stuff of Tony Richardson films.


Monday, June 2 2014

Ordinary Magic: Suzanne Vega's 'Days of Open Hand'

If Days of Open Hand is an album of dreams, then there's surely the awareness of awakening, a consciousness hovering outside of the songs that is longing to be identified.


Tuesday, February 18 2014

No Greek Tragedy: An Interview with Stathis Papadopoulos

Greek actor Stathis Papadopoulos was poised to be the next big thing in Greek cinema following his bold and equally sensitive turn in Constantine Giannaris' From the Edge of the City more than 15 years ago. But Papadopoulos' star never ascended the way it should have.


Tuesday, October 30 2012

Turkish Rapper's Delight: An Interview with Vardar

The Turkish hip-hop star discusses censorship in his native land, the might of Eminem, and his own influences.


Tuesday, October 25 2011

Wake Up: An Interview with Mason Jennings

Mason Jennings talks about his newest release, Minnesota, where he draws lines all over the geographical and musical map from the Dixieland sounds of New Orleans to the night club cabarets of New York ...


Columns

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.


Sunday, March 30 2014

Civilized Murders: An Interview with Hugh Fleetwood

Hugh Fleetwood’s chilling and dark mysteries deal with psychologically-damaged characters, ones whose actions are usually the result of some personality disorder often undisclosed to everyone but the reader.


Wednesday, February 19 2014

The Rap Pack: Italy's Indie-Rappers

Italy’s independent hip-hop scene has so far produced some of the brightest, most interesting artists on European shores.


Wednesday, January 15 2014

Arab Soul Rebels: Punk Among the Beurs of '80s Era France

French-Arab band Carte de Séjour made pop music history with their rousing blend of punk and raï in the early '80s. To date there are no successors in sight.


Reviews

Sunday, July 20 2014

'Rebel Music' and Islam's Influence on Jazz, Hip-hop and More

Exhaustive and thorough, Hisham D. Aidi's study on the Islamic influences in contemporary music is alternately informative and alienating.


Sunday, June 29 2014

Thomas Dybdahl: What's Left Is Forever

With a sound at once soft and serene but clear and vibrant, Thomas Dybdahl returns with What's Left Is Forever.


Tuesday, June 10 2014

It's No Longer a Man's World in 'Ms. 45'

This bone-chilling story of a young, violated woman who has been pushed too far gets a much deserved re-release.


Monday, June 2 2014

Mondo Marcio: Nella bocca della tigre

Rapper Mondo Marcio revisits the golden age of Italian pop on his newest offering.


Tuesday, April 8 2014

Albin de la Simone: Un Homme

France's unassuming chanteur nudges the heartstrings gently with his latest effort.


Blogs

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.


Monday, March 31 2014

Rahdan Vandal - "İstanbul Çök Üstüme" (stream)

A haunting paean to one's home city.


Thursday, March 27 2014

Raging Fires: O'Priò’s “La Deposizione”

Italian rapper O'Priò fires off a missive to a former crime boss and sheds light on environmental disaster.


Thursday, January 30 2014

Paris Tonight: Anna Domino's "Paris" (1990)

A moody, passionate ode to the city of lights, "Paris" remains one of Anna Domino's many overlooked gems.


Wednesday, January 29 2014

Sex and Persuasion: Ruby's "Paraffin" (1995)

A menacing grind of factory-churning beats, "Paraffin" is Ruby's chilling account of love and sex, female praying mantis-style.


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) [21.Mar.13]
Wanderlust: An Interview with David Woll (Sound Affects) [26.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) [18.Jul.11]
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