Top 50 of 2016: Part 3 (30-21)

30. Run The Jewels – Run the Jewels 3 Release date: December 25, 2016  Hip-hop power-duo El-P and Killer Mike spent most of 2016 riding the success of last year’s RJT2, while also teasing fans and hinting at third album sometime in the future. And along with Santa Claus’ arrival bringing gifts, the veteran pair left their third instalment under the trees of fans with a free download on Christmas morning. Sneaking their way onto the Top 50, Run the Jewels have held on to their hard-hitting combination. With El-P once again…

July Talk – Beck + Call (Official Music Video)

With their sensational record Touch already making waves just a little over a week after its release, July Talk have shared their latest single “Beck + Call” and its stunning visual accompaniment. Maintaining their black and white aesthetic to compliment their vocal contrasting, the new music video blends together the song’s theme and movement in exhilarating fashion. Co-vocalist Leah Fay explains: “We set out to create a movement piece that explored the song’s themes regarding the common unbalance of power dynamics in modern relationships. The main thesis in the song culminates when we…

In No Particular Order – September 9, 2016

Although our calendars point out the official first day of fall, there are more tangible tell-tale signs of the changing of the seasons. Some people decide summer is over based on the colour of the leaves, or the scent of pumpkin spice lattes, or even the early-sent Halloween decorations littering stores, and some might even play weatherman and decide the dropping temperatures signal the commencement of autumn. However, the true marker of the end of summer is that my iTunes library doubles in size. June, July, and August are skinny…

Sights & Sounds – Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival: June 23, 2016

Although the races don’t start until Friday, Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival was off with a bang with a handful of exciting and highly anticipated free concerts. Bringing in artists from Ottawa and beyond, Dusty Organ was there to capture all the action. Between the performances from local bands The Lionyls, and chart-topping favourites July Talk, Thursday night at Mooney’s Bay was one for the books. Browse through the Concert Gallery below from Ottawa photographer Kamara Morozuk, and follow her on Instagram for more pictures from the weekend. As well, you can…

Festival Guide: Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival 2016

Boats, boats, boats, and more boats. From June 23 to 26th, Mooney’s Bay transforms into the festival grounds for Ottawa’s Dragon Boat Festival, with teams from around the world coming to compete. Every year, thousands of spectators come to take in the action with their beach-front view, enjoying the heat of June and the excitement of the races. But once the rowers have retired for the day, the real fun begins on land. Although there is plenty of entertainment and events during the day, Dragon Boat Festival takes it up a notch at night,…

July Talk – Push + Pull (Official Music Video)

Ever since their formation in 2012, Toronto alternative-blues rock group July Talk have been altering the alternative music scene with their distinct sound and peculiar theatrics. Lead by vocalists Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis and their mysterious relationship, July Talk are following up their sensational self-titled 2012 debut with Touch. The sophomore album will be out September 9th, but the band shared the dynamic lead single “Push + Pull” back in April. Now, the “sinister-disco” track has its visual accompaniment, following in traditional July Talk fashion. Continuing with the band’s black and white…

July Talk – Push + Pull

Following an almost two year wait, Canadian blues-rock 5-piece July Talk release an energetic single titled “Push + Pull” and announce a new album set to drop later this year. The dynamic single sounds something like sinister disco, as singer Leah Fay’s echo-y pop vocals weave in and out of focus, accompanied by Peter Dreimanis’ unmistakable guttural voice. There is noticeable tension throughout the track, as the band strays further from their grungy blues-rock roots and experiment with more synths than usual. The hallmark July Talk sound still rings through…

Alabama Shakes (w/ July Talk) – September 24, 2015: TD Place, Ottawa

History in the making. Thursday September 24, 2015 was the first visit from southern rock band Alabama Shakes to Ottawa – we can only hope it won’t be the last. Playing to a lively crowd of just over 3,000, the Athens, Alabama natives may seem like an unlikely combination for a rock band, but their ability to swing between low, cool soul, and ’60s-electric guitar, crushing rock is what propelled their popularity in recent years. Alongside the ever-so entertaining July Talk, Thursday night’s appearances were a Friday night in spirit. For more…