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: June 17, 2019

Album Reviews: June 17, 2019

Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated (Mission, British Columbia) While so many pop artists slowly slip into more generic territory, Carly Rae Jepsen has somehow made consistently exciting pop records for everyone. Touching on different ends of vintage hits from her previous releases, this record revitalizes [...]

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The Seasonal Struggles of The Sun Harmonic

The Seasonal Struggles of The Sun Harmonic

Photo credit: Sun Harmonic Sometimes making something you love requires pain, and for Kaleb Hikele of The Sun Harmonic, this meant working through personal injuries. With their mix of classical and folk roots, Hikele creates music with a romantic and often magical feeling to it. We caught up with Hikele [...]

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Album Reviews: June 10, 2019

Album Reviews: June 10, 2019

Aurora - Amyl and The Sniffers (Os, Norway) In a sea of modern pop singers, Norway's Aurora has always managed to bring the magic of folk-pop to her brand of electronic power-ballads. For a record that holds onto the tones of her 2018 Step I release, this record is a strong collection that never [...]

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The Endless Evolution of HotKid

The Endless Evolution of HotKid

Photo Credit: Andi Shi Whether it's been a three-piece, solo act or a duo, Toronto's HotKid has kept finding new ways to make music for over a decade. Led by the dynamic Shiloh Harrison, HotKid's diverse approach to genre keeps their sound fresh whether it's hard rock or shoegaze. [...]

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Album Reviews: June 3, 2019

Album Reviews: June 3, 2019

Amyl and The Sniffers - Amyl and The Sniffers (Melbourne, Australia) With the saturation of rock acts these days, hearing a band like Amyl and The Sniffers really go all out in their music is exhilarating. By injecting a fierce amount of energy and punk writing chops the genre only seems to get in [...]

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The Organized Chaos of Ronley Teper

The Organized Chaos of Ronley Teper

Being creatively multifaceted can help you conquer just about every medium, and it certainly makes for some interesting art. For Ronley Teper, managing her different disciplines has meant producing many ends of her art from the music to the videos to the live shows as well. On top of this, Teper has [...]

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Album Reviews: May 27, 2019

Album Reviews: May 27, 2019

Elton John & Taron Egerton - Rocketman (Music From the Motion Picture) Nailing Elton John's musicality and theatricality could be hard, but with the energy of a true musical this soundtrack does it. With a lot of promise for the movie coming next week, this album plays out like an abridged [...]

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Album Reviews: May 20, 2019

Album Reviews: May 20, 2019

Mac DeMarco - Here Comes The Cowboy (Duncan, B.C./Montreal/New York City) Though his last few releases seemed to drift off into strange kind of samey haze of goofy shoegaze, Mac DeMarco is playing with writing on his latest release. Though it's not always the most even or addictive listen, this [...]

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Album Reviews: May 13, 2019

Album Reviews: May 13, 2019

Vampire Weekend - Father Of The Bride (New York City) Without Rostam in Vampire Weekend the melodies still hit hard, but there's definitely a noticeable change in how they produce their material. While their previously sharp weirdness is now used like a switch, their powerful use of rhythm still [...]

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Album Reviews: May 6, 2019

Album Reviews: May 6, 2019

Laurel Halo - DJ-Kicks EP (Berlin, Germany) Between the utterly abrasive tones of the Aphex Twins of the world and something super pop-like lies the explorative tones of Laurel Halo. Though not always the most melodic music, Halo crafts a great record of slow-burning dance tracks that you can really [...]

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