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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

Monday, March 16 2015

Curiouser and Curiouser: An Interview With Charlie Winston

The British singer's latest LP, Curio City, finds all of his influences distilled down to a funk-strummed groove of pure pop magic.


Wednesday, February 11 2015

What's He Banging on About?: An Interview with Rapper Bang On!

The young MC Bang On! may play dumb, but he's sharp as a tack.


Monday, January 26 2015

'Alpha' Female: An Interview With Actress Serafita Grigoriadou

A sweeping, mythological epic of dreams and nightmares, Alpha introduces one of Greek cinema's newest and most entrancing actresses.


Tuesday, December 9 2014

Weapons of Bass Destruction: Mondo Marcio's 'Musica da Serial Killer'

Italian rapper Mondo Marcio turns the bass on Musica da Serial Killer into a weaponized element. Never before have the sensations of death, dread and groove been so synonymous in music.


Monday, October 27 2014

Heart of Darkness: An Interview with Valery Gore

Buried deep in the emotional grain of Valery Gore's music, there is some semblance of order, some sense of undisclosed truths.


Columns

Tuesday, February 24 2015

Songs of Imploration and Love: The Music of Tajikistan

For centuries, Tajikistan has seen just about every monarchy, kingdom, religious faith and culture sweep through its land, leaving an indelible impression on its people and music.


Tuesday, February 3 2015

Bligg Up!: The Bizarre Swiss Hip-Hop of Rapper Bligg

Swiss rapper Bligg, hip-hop's resident weirdo, reinvents the genre through subversion and humour -- and an alphorn's load of smart, catchy tunes.


Thursday, January 29 2015

Perilous Discoveries: The Feminist Murder-Mysteries of Charlotte Armstrong

Armstrong's women opened the same forbidden doors as Agatha Christie and Patricia Wentworth's, but her characters also opened those doors for other, more pressing, reasons.


Monday, January 19 2015

Surreal Estate: Exploring the Haunted Grounds of Sérail

A haunted estate proves too much for a curious writer in Eduardo de Gregorio's rare and little-seen surrealist mystery, Sérail.


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.


Reviews

Wednesday, March 18 2015

The Parisian Journey of 'Le Pont du Nord' Echoes With Loss and Abandonment

This slow, long-winding walk around Paris is a languorous exploration of two lost souls.


Tuesday, March 3 2015

'Lady Chatterley's Lover' Fails to Rise Above Mere Bodice-Ripping

Like all adaptations of this classic work of erotic literature, this film misses the mark in capturing any of the poignancy of the novel's fluid and lyrical prose.


Tuesday, March 3 2015

Charlie Winston: Curio City

The chromatic wash of a futuristic energy glistens over the Brit's latest offering, but stirring beneath are the time-honored signatures of classic pop music.


Monday, March 2 2015

Love and Claustrophobia in 'The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant'

Fassbinder's stifling drama about the sufferings of dependence is high camp, where the sparks fly with radiant colours.


Sunday, February 15 2015

'La Belle Captive' Is a Beautiful Nightmare

Part murder-mystery, part erotic fever dream, La Belle Captive is a sumptuous nightmare.


Da Poet: Poetika [23.Jan.13]

Blogs

Wednesday, March 4 2015

An Echo From the Ghetto: An Interview With Rapper Luca Brazi

Spitting poems from England's ghettos, British rapper Luca Brazi presents a more sombre and thoughtful approach to hip-hop.


Wednesday, February 4 2015

TerronRissa: "Solo per la Verità (feat. Lord Madness)" (audio)

Aimed squarely at house parties across Italy’s suburbs, TerronRissa dispense their rhymes with humor and easygoing charm.


Tuesday, January 13 2015

Razza B feat. Nemi - "A Te" (video)

The Italian rapper's latest number milks a lush tune, proving that he's never one to skimp on the groove.


Wednesday, November 19 2014

Salute the Piano Player: An Interview with Mark Springer

Mark Springer's Piano is an album to remind listeners of the possibilities on offer when one is open to chance and emotion.


Wednesday, November 19 2014

Yung Truth, D.A., Hoodzee and L. Salv - "The Cypher" (video)

Four British MCs work a dark hip-hop groove in an exchange of words edged with the grit of London streets.


20 Questions: Dizraeli (Sound Affects) [13.Nov.14]
Vanessa Daou - "Trouble Comes" (video) (Mixed Media) [12.Jun.14]
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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