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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 21, 2018

Album Reviews: February 21, 2018

Anna Burch - Quit The Curse (Detroit) While some might claim indie has become a sappy genre, Anna Burch has come to stand snarky and jaded in sea of melancholy. Burch uses her sharp song writing and emotional brilliance to strike back rather than fall apart. "2 Cool 2 Care" starts the record [...]

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Jully Black's Career Balancing Act

Jully Black's Career Balancing Act

Photo Credit: Jully Black Entertainment Inc. With this much talent, music is just the beginning. Over her decades of music making Jully Black has made a name for herself in the worlds of soul, R&B, reggae, rock, dance and transcended to TV as well. Though you may not have seen them online Black [...]

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The East Pointers Move Forward

The East Pointers Move Forward

Photo Credit: Jen Squires Between their sweep of awards and nominations, it's been a whirlwind year for The East Pointers on accolades alone. With their latest record What We Leave Behind, the band invited writer and producer Gordie Sampson into the mix to make an album that was a broad and [...]

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The Arrogant Worms' Hilariously Long Goodbye

The Arrogant Worms' Hilariously Long Goodbye

Photo by Reinier deSmit Decades into their career, The Arrogant Worms haven't lost their sense of humour. Despite what their misleading album and tour names might tell you the band isn't quitting soon, in fact they're quite happy where they are. Whether it's their clever comedy or [...]

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Album Reviews: February 12, 2018

Album Reviews: February 12, 2018

Migos - Culture II (Georgia) If you can get over the mayhem that was Migos Bluesfest set last year, their latest record gives enough gems to prove why they're so popular. Though this is certainly a bloated album, they nevertheless make the most of their best songs. "Narcos" brings a [...]

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Hot Picks for Megaphono

Hot Picks for Megaphono

With so many amazing artists from around Ottawa and Canada playing Megapohono, it can be very difficult to narrow down to just a few shows. As we near the latest edition of Megaphono, we selected a few artists we think you need to see this weekend. Mauno: Saturday February 10 @ St. Alban's [...]

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Trails' Productive Year

Trails' Productive Year

While Trails' Allie O'Manique never consciously decided to pursue music professionally, you wouldn't know it by listening to her music. The Ottawa native's lo-fi sound embraces the haziness of the fidelity to create dreamy and rustic recordings that feel deeply intimate. After years of [...]

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Album Reviews: February 5, 2018

Album Reviews: February 5, 2018

Ty Segall - Freedom's Goblin (California) Considering how often Ty Segall puts out music under one project or another, it's genuinely baffling he hasn't put out a rough album in ages. In Freedom's Goblin, Segall honours classic rock wholeheartedly while making something insanely [...]

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Laila Biali Finds Herself Again

Laila Biali Finds Herself Again

Photo Credit: Indoor Recess Considering she's known for being a jazz performer, it might come as a shock to some of Laila Biali's fans to hear that her recent pop-fueled records are actually the albums she holds closest to heart. After taking a step to original material on her previous [...]

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The Balconies Step Out of the Spotlight

The Balconies Step Out of the Spotlight

Photo credit: Indoor Recess The Balconies have been one of Ottawa's premier live bands since they hit the scene a decade ago. In a career that spanned radio hits, winning the Live 88.5 Big Money Shot, and their two LPs Fast Motions and Rhonda, the band was always out to surprise and impress. [...]

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