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, 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.
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.
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.
Monday, June 10 2013
Talented Czech producer and songwriter Boris Carloff has mood and atmosphere to spare on his release, The Escapist. But all too often, he plays it safe.
Thursday, January 31 2013
Royal Wood's sixth outing eschews lush, nocturnal tales of romance for a more pop-oriented approach.
Tuesday, October 29 2013
Anna Domino made a tiny dent in the alternative music scene of the '80s with her moody, literate art-pop. While she languished in obscurity for much of her career, her music managed to strike a chord with those who tapped into the emotional strengths of her work. Still flying low under the radar years later, her music is no less potent.
Thursday, October 17 2013
Downtempo maven Vanessa Daou offers a sampling from her upcoming release.
Thursday, August 29 2013
Italian rapper Luche ratchets up the dread on the martial beats of "Chi Non Dimentica".
Tuesday, August 20 2013
Whether you understand his music or not, Stetson's work is undeniably powerful -- a walled-in chamber of voluptuous white noise in which the artist holds the addressees of his wayward signals captive. He speaks to PopMatters about his new album, his 100-year-old sax, and more.
Friday, August 16 2013
Iran's top rapper aims his lyrical barbs at his country's second-rate MCs -- and does it with style.