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.
Tuesday, February 18 2014
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
The Turkish hip-hop star discusses censorship in his native land, the might of Eminem, and his own influences.
Tuesday, October 25 2011
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 ...
Wednesday, May 26 2010
Hovering somewhere in the interstitial spaces between mainstream pop, jazz, and '70s rock, Valery Gore's lush music has chart potential but is oblique enough in its approach to avoid all the common pitfalls of pop music clichés.
Wednesday, February 19 2014
Italy’s independent hip-hop scene has so far produced some of the brightest, most interesting artists on European shores.
Wednesday, January 15 2014
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.
Tuesday, October 1 2013
The jazz world found its most intrepid explorer in Don Cherry, an adventurous sonic provocateur whose worldly exploits re-drew lines all over the musical map.
Monday, August 5 2013
At once ancient and modern, Istanbul, one of the world's most eclectic and evolving cities, adds yet another element into its cultural melting pot: hip-hop, a music and subculture that has impassioned many Turks -- and infuriated others.
Wednesday, March 5 2014
Former post-punker Mark Springer reveals his at once wild and romantic affairs with the piano.
Thursday, February 27 2014
Sex and politics find equal footing on Vanessa Daou's latest, a return to her club music roots.
Sunday, November 17 2013
René Clair's lavish and elegant retelling of the Faust legend is revitalized through the vibrant, sometimes comical performances of the two leads.
Friday, October 25 2013
The inclusion of high-profile acts sinks rather than supports the Bloody Beetroots' collaborative efforts
Tuesday, September 10 2013
The acclaimed queen of Maghreb music releases a double-disc compilation of her most potent and genre-defying material.
Thursday, January 30 2014
A moody, passionate ode to the city of lights, "Paris" remains one of Anna Domino's many overlooked gems.
Wednesday, January 29 2014
A menacing grind of factory-churning beats, "Paraffin" is Ruby's chilling account of love and sex, female praying mantis-style.
Wednesday, January 29 2014
A head-nodding slice of hip-hop from Asia Minor.
Tuesday, January 28 2014
French actress Isabelle Adjani's curious exploration of love and death in a pop song co-written by the legendary Serge Gainsbourg is visualized as a cold, erotic dream, courtesy of Luc Besson.
Tuesday, January 14 2014
An exploration of love in the time of political unrest, Light Sweet Crude is Vanessa Daou’s musical thesis on regained emotional ground, a desire line carved from the departure point of doubt to the destination of self-made reality.