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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

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.


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.


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

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.


Wednesday, September 10 2014

'The Girl Who Passed for Normal' Is a Sagacious Study of the Female Mind

Hugh Fleetwood's eerie tale of deadly symbiotic relationships is rife with Freudian desires and erotic tensions.


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.


Blogs

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.


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.


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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