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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

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 ...


Wednesday, May 26 2010

Now Hear This! Valery Gore [Toronto, Canada]

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.


Columns

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.


Tuesday, October 1 2013

Travels in Sound: The Globetrotting Music of Don Cherry

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.


Reviews

Tuesday, April 8 2014

Albin de la Simone: Un Homme

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


Tuesday, March 25 2014

Brigitte Fontaine: Brigitte Fontaine Est... Folle

The French mistress of eccentric pop delivered her most evocatively lush recording in 1968 with Brigitte Fontaine Est... Folle, a sparkling gem recently reissued.


Wednesday, March 5 2014

Mark Springer: Menu

Former post-punker Mark Springer reveals his at once wild and romantic affairs with the piano.


Thursday, February 27 2014

Vanessa Daou: Light Sweet Crude (Act 1: Hybrid)

Sex and politics find equal footing on Vanessa Daou's latest, a return to her club music roots.


Sunday, November 17 2013

'The Beauty of the Devil' and the Visual Feast

René Clair's lavish and elegant retelling of the Faust legend is revitalized through the vibrant, sometimes comical performances of the two leads.


Blogs

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.


Wednesday, January 29 2014

Turkish Stars and "88 Bars" (video)

A head-nodding slice of hip-hop from Asia Minor.


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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