Emmanuel Hapsis

Emmanuel Hapsis is the creator and editor of KQED Pop and also the host of The Cooler. He studied creative writing at University of Maryland and went on to receive his MFA in the field from California College of the Arts. In his free time, he sings his heart out at karaoke.

The Very Best Music Videos of 2012

MTV might have ditched music videos for sloppy tan people long ago, but that doesn't mean the medium is dead! Far from it actually. Take a break from bickering with your family to hitch a ride on the side of a BMW with M.I.A., convert a locker room into a rave with Grimes, and attend Drake's bar-mitzvah.

Q+A with Maira Kalman

In honor of Presidents' Day, check out this Q+A with Maira Kalman, illustrator, contributor to The New York Times and The New Yorker, and, most importantly, staunch lover of Abe Lincoln.

I’m Thankful for tUnE-yArDs

What happened at tUnE-yArDs' show at the Regency Ballroom last night was a full-body experience (high blood pressure, mouth watering, and goose bumps everywhere). Check out pictures of all the wonder.


From a handmade bird's nest and a cockroach diorama, to gouache and gold leaf paintings on paper, Mario Ayala does it all. We stopped by his studio and got to chatting about skating, dark magic, and much more.

Treasure Island Highlights: Sounds and Tastes of Indian Summer

This year's Treasure Island Music Festival couldn't have been more heavenly: Indian summer in full swing, out-of-control views, scantily clad hipsters, and of course hours and hours of great music. Check out photos of the scene, from the colorful crowds to the 60-foot Ferris wheel to scene-stealers St. Vincent and YACHT. It's all here!


We recently visited Charles Linder's ridiculously expansive digs in SOMA where we learned about his process, his past, and how to remove a tusk from a boar's jaw.