Q+A: Cold Specks

With a new record, Fool’s Paradise, Laden Hussein aka Cold Specks was in Ottawa on Dec. 2. The soulful singer chatted with The Charlatan about the album, her heritage, and her current music recommendations. TC: What were some of the influences behind Fool’s Paradise? CS: Fool’s Paradise is a collection of songs where some of them are dystopian reflections, some of them are broken love songs inspired by love and loss of time. They all sort of come together, there’s 10 songs. TC: What do you mean by dystopian reflections? CS: For me, I called it [Fool’s Paradise] because it’s a reflection of the times through my perspective. I feel like we’re living in a crumbling world and I felt […]

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Commentary: Alabama Shakes play TD Place

On Sept. 24, Ottawa received a dose of some down-south medicine when soulful rockers Alabama Shakes shook TD Place with their presence. Accompanied by alt-rock band July Talk, the night’s performance was perfectly contrasted in both sound and energy. Opening act July Talk, a Toronto-based band, featured curiously opposing vocals due to Peter Dreimanis’ rough and edgy growls and Leah Fay’s sweet-sounding melodies. A strange act, to say the least, but July Talk kept the audience interested with strong crowd interaction and by regularly jumping into the pit to get up close and personal with the already enthusiastic fans. Although the focal point of their set was watching the strange and romantic dynamic that existed between Dreimanis and Fay, the […]

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Festival Blog: Doobie Brothers bring Confederation Park to its feet

A massive crowd piled into Confederation Park for the Doobie Brothers’ show, and the band did not disappoint. They played a hit-filled set list that brought the crowd to its feet, making them cheer, sing, and dance through the night. The set opened with their iconic interpretation of “Jesus is Just Alright.” They sang in a four-part harmony, and the audience immediately joined in, creating their own thousand-part harmony of ‘do’s. As the song dropped into its half-time bridge, Tom Johnston tore out a psychedelic solo, backed by a heavy organ. John McFee and Patrick Simmons got chances to show their chops before long, each breaking into their own solos in the coming songs. Saxophonist Marc Russo also got brought […]

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