Owen Maxwell

Features Writer / Music Reviewer

Ottawa-born-and-raised, Owen is a graduate of Carleton's Journalism program. Passionate about arts and culture Owen hosts a weekly radio show on CKCU, while also reviewing and interviewing artists from Ottawa and around the world.

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Album Reviews: February 18, 2019

Album Reviews: February 18, 2019

Charles Bradley - Black Velvet (Brooklyn) The world lost a legend when Charles Bradley died, and this posthumous record just hammers that point home more. With a range of what we love from Bradley and some unexpected sonic explorations, this album is a great sign-off for his career. We're hearing [...]

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Album Reviews: February 11, 2019

Album Reviews: February 11, 2019

Le Butcherettes - bi/MENTAL (Guadalajara, Mexico) While previous records from Le Butcherettes were all about raw punk fury and a little art-rock, they've blurred the lines of genre more and more with each release. Here singer Teri Gender Bender and her band craft poignant and immediate tracks that [...]

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Album Reviews: February 4, 2019

Album Reviews: February 4, 2019

Smashing Pumpkins - Shiny And Oh So Bright: No Past. No Future, No Sun (Chicago) Though it's been harder and harder to get into the Smashing Pumpkins due to Billy Corgan's bad attitude, they've turned it around recently. While this new album isn't the most revolutionary bit of writing, [...]

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Aerialists are a Musical Melting Pot

Aerialists are a Musical Melting Pot

Photo credit: Pat Valade Despite coming from a range of backgrounds, Aerialists all ended up at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After realizing their collective love of traditional music and pop, they've become a unique band who've evolved consistently record to record. We caught up with [...]

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Album Reviews: January 28, 2019

Album Reviews: January 28, 2019

Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow (New York City) After bringing a sense of weirdness and real heart to singer-songwriter music and folk, Sharon Van Etten is boldly walking into pop. While there's a lot of sonic exploration on this record, it's still the depth of Etten's own emotions [...]

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Amanda Rheaume Uses Music To Help Others

Amanda Rheaume Uses Music To Help Others

Amanda Rheaume has been crafting music for some time but it wasn't until recently that she felt comfortable with herself. With her hard work starting to pay off, Rheaume wanted to reflect on this time with the album The Skin I'm In. Rheaume also spent time with Darkspark, using music to give [...]

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Album Reviews: January 14, 2019

Album Reviews: January 14, 2019

Dan Mangan - More Or Less (Vancouver) Over the years, Dan Mangan has asserted himself as a lovable Canadian folk crooner, so on his latest record he's started showing his darker sides. Though its more ambient moments might be testing for some, this is by far Mangan's most interesting record [...]

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Album Reviews: January 7, 2019

Album Reviews: January 7, 2019

Foxwarren - Foxwarren (Regina, SK) Explorative writing but solid pop gives Foxwarren a strong drive that songwriter Andy Shauf has already been displaying on his own. Though their new album is definitely pulling from a lot of familiar ground, they keep their sonic-end glowing enough to feel new again. [...]

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Best Concerts of 2018

Best Concerts of 2018

What a year for catching concerts it was. Whether you saw shows at stadiums, festivals or bars, Ottawa was truly a hub for music this year. With new fests like Bon-Fire and some choice one-off shows that we never even saw coming, 2018 showed a lot of possibility for concerts to come. 10. Michael Rault [...]

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Best albums of 2018

Best albums of 2018

Genre goes through phases and in 2018, we saw the borders between these categories all but go away. As we go through our favourite albums from across the year, we're highlighting artists that made us fall in love with music again while innovating in one way or another. 10. Papercuts - Parallel Universe [...]

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