I’ll be honest, this was meant to be the first post. But I accidentally pressed send on that other email you got, and so my grand plan was ruined by my…
I am attracted to this new Abdullah Siddiqui recording for many reasons: its effortless smoothness, the beat, the obvious freshness. I want to talk…
I grew up in a Vital Signs household. As a toddler I am told I watched videos of the Vital Signs on VHS. And for many years, to this day really, the…
Farooq Qaiser passed away on May 14 – a loss of immense proportion. 
A lot of the narratives on Hamnawa are about how art forms change to represent different identities. This reflects most prominently, for the purposes of…
Which Pakistani musicians you should pay attention to in 2021
This song from a particular high point of Faakhir’s solo career is such a cacophony of musical styles that it really shouldn’t work. But it does. The…
I’ve written briefly about Sandaraa before, but for those unfamiliar with them here is how the band describe themselves: Sandaraa is a new band from…
In writing about Bhangra Rap, I talked about how ‘foreign’ and ‘native’ art forms are put together in Pakistani pop. More often than not, it is the…
For many months I’ve been sitting on drafts of a piece about many seasons of Coke Studio leading up to Rohail’s return, Pepsi Battle of the Bands, and…
If one were to introduce college students to Pakistani pop, this song would have to make the cut as required listening. I say this despite the fact that…
After moving back to Seattle I spent a little bit of time listening to Pearl Jam, and soon enough got into Eddie Vedder & Nusrat’s collaboration for the…