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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Sarah MacDougall's Northern Inspiration

Sarah MacDougall's Northern Inspiration

Photo credit: Jen Squires One clandestine flight hit Sarah MacDougall so deeply that she felt she needed to make music to reflect this feeling. For her new album All The Hours I Have Left To Tell You Anything, MacDougall wrote music with a wide-swath of writers and honed it all in to capture the energy [...]

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Album Reviews: October 15, 2018

Album Reviews: October 15, 2018

∆ Alt-J - Reduxer (Leeds, UK) As a rare dip for indie rock into remixes, Alt-J make for a surprisingly good fit. Retooling their sparse arrangements with some creative minds, the band's friends make totally new songs more often than they just offer up generic dance-versions. As Little Simz jumps [...]

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Album Reviews: October 8, 2018

Album Reviews: October 8, 2018

Christine and the Queens - Chris (France) There's something truly invigorating to hear music like Christine and the Queens, that can be fun and art-pop at the same time. While her latest record (which you can hear in French or English in its entirety) leans into vintage pop & funk cores, Héloïse [...]

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Megative Finally Takes Form

Megative Finally Takes Form

Photo credit: Last Gang Records Starting a band doesn't always happen all at once, and for Megative's Tim Fletcher it took years. After talks turned to music with friend Gus Van Go, the two finally formed the project they'd dreamed of. We talked with Fletcher ahead of Megative's October [...]

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Album Reviews: October 1, 2018

Album Reviews: October 1, 2018

Metric - Art Of Doubt (Toronto) After such a long departure and a divisive last record, Metric has truly returned to their roots on this album. By blending a career's worth of sounds and reinterpreting it, they make music that is powerful but not always the most accessible. You can really hear the [...]

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Album Reviews: September 24, 2018

Album Reviews: September 24, 2018

Dilly Dally - Heaven (Toronto) After nearly falling apart as a band if the stories are to be believed, Dilly Dally has moved forward on their newest record. Though it rarely captures the same brutality of their last record, the mix of exploration and guttural moments really keep the record alive. This [...]

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Album Reviews: September 17, 2018

Album Reviews: September 17, 2018

Paul McCartney - Egypt Station (England) With decades of music behind him it's cool to see Paul McCartney trying to reinvent himself and modern pop on his new record. Though he's not always pushing himself far enough, there's still a hunger in McCartney's music that makes it exciting. [...]

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Album Reviews: September 11, 2018

Album Reviews: September 11, 2018

La Force - La Force (Montreal) With years in AroarA and Broken Social Scene amongst her numerous features, Ariel Engle makes a powerful solo debut as La Force. By taking her past signature sounds and twisting them in the best way, Engle makes music that stands out. Engle cleverly provides a cross-fade [...]

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Album Reviews: September 3, 2018

Album Reviews: September 3, 2018

Blood Orange - Negro Swan (London, England) Over his last several albums Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes) has made leaps and bounds for the world of hip hop and R&B. This latest record continues that energy by placing Hynes in a more guiding role as producer while he still brings amazing vocals on [...]

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Album Reviews: August 27, 2018

Album Reviews: August 27, 2018

Interpol - Marauder (New York City) Over the years, Interpol has become such a distinct body as a New York band that they could have easily become a legacy act without anyone getting too upset. However for their latest album, the sleekly-dressed band decidedly balances out a sharp new pop direction [...]

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