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 18, 2018

Album Reviews: June 18, 2018

Neko Case - Hell-On (Tacoma, WA) Whether it's been alt-country or something indefinable in the world of modern folk, Neko Case has always blown audiences away. After some recent work with the New Pornographers and case/lang/veirs, Case comes out swinging with a record that has something to say. [...]

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Album Reviews: June 11, 2018

Album Reviews: June 11, 2018

Halo Maud - Je Suis Une Île (France) After her previous work with Melody's Echo Chamber, Maud Nadal has crafted her own music that fits the bill while also standing perfectly unique of anything that's come before it. With a masterful use of tone and addictive melodies, this album mixes [...]

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Album Reviews: June 4 2018

Album Reviews: June 4 2018

Peach Kelli Pop- Gentle Leader (Ottawa/Los Angeles) Given how brief Peach Kelli Pop's last EP was, it was genuinely shocking how much of a sonic push forward she made. This pays off in parts on their latest LP, where they mix a much more dynamic exploration of sound with a lot of what you expect. [...]

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Album Reviews: May 28 2018

Album Reviews: May 28 2018

Beach House- 7 (Baltimore, Maryland) After their last few albums, Beach House had reached a powerful sound while not really changing that much going forward. For 7however they are evolving once again and using all their signature sounds in ways we've never heard before. They open the record with [...]

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Album Reviews: May 21, 2018

Album Reviews: May 21, 2018

Leon Bridges - Good Thing (Fort Worth, Texas) Leon Bridges has asserted himself as a master of retro soul, but he had to start setting himself apart at some point. For his latest record the Texas songwriter blends his usual grooves with something a little more modern for a record that is smart and [...]

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Album Reviews May 14 2018

Album Reviews May 14 2018

Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer (Atlanta) Though we mentioned Kimbra last week as one of soul's greatest modern experimenters, her friend Janelle Monáe offers a completely different side of the same feel. With an album much more focused on messages, she still manages to cross genres [...]

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Album Reviews May 7, 2018

Album Reviews May 7, 2018

Bishop Briggs - Church Of Scars (Los Angeles) If you haven't already heard Bishop Briggs (born Sarah McLaughlin) from her blistering genre-mashing singles or her booming live performances, her debut LP makes it clear how strong her vocals are. While the album's offerings don't always [...]

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The Rise of Fallen Heirs

The Rise of Fallen Heirs

Photo credits: UPtrack Media & Uncle D Fallen Heirs has been on a steady trajectory since they first started playing together a half-decade ago. After some humble beginnings, the band has become the go-to opening band for hard rockers like Lita Ford, Sebsatian Bach, Buckcherry and more. Along [...]

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Album Reviews: May 1, 2018

Album Reviews: May 1, 2018

Brazilian Girls - Let's Make Love (New York) After a hefty break, most would expect a band to have a few stumbling moments on a return record but Brazilian Girls have made one of their strongest records to date. More fearless than ever before, the band bridges worlds of indie and dance-pop for [...]

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Album Reviews: April 24, 2018

Album Reviews: April 24, 2018

Kali Uchis - Isolation (New York/Colombia) Pop singers can often feel manufactured at times if not far too bland, but Colombian-New York transplant Kali Uchis has proven she's far more than that. On an album filled with soul, rap, R&B, Latin-grooves and a pop package with enough guest stars [...]

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