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: August 13, 2018

Album Reviews: August 13, 2018

Bad Bad hats - Lightning Round (Minneapolis, Minnesota) While so many acts prove divisive in by pushing their music so far, there's a true power to acts that take accessible pop and work from there. For Bad Bad Hats, they take a strong rock core and bring in sounds from every end of the sonic [...]

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Album Reviews: August 6, 2018

Album Reviews: August 6, 2018

Phantastic Ferniture - Phantastic Ferniture (Australia) If you were lucky enough to catch Julia Jacklin's heartbreaking indie-folk, her chipper new indie project is the perfect cure to her older blues. Working with friends Elizabeth Hughes and Ryan K Brennan for simple and fun pop, Jacklin crafts [...]

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Album Reviews: July 30, 2018

Album Reviews: July 30, 2018

The Internet - Hive Mind (Los Angeles) With all the talent that the likes of Syd and Steve Lacy have delivered in their solo work in recent years, it's easy to forget how powerful their supergroup The Internet has been. As much a return to form as it is a dance record, The Internet really make [...]

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Album Reviews: July 23, 2018

Album Reviews: July 23, 2018

The Ophelias - Almost (Cincinnati, Ohio) There's so much samey indie-pop that it's truly intriguing to hear a band using the genre's conventions to try something new. For their newest release, The Ophelias bend the rules of arrangement and typical writing to make an album that lulls you [...]

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Album Reviews: July 16, 2018

Album Reviews: July 16, 2018

Florence + The Machine - High As Hope (U.K.) Throughout the years Florence Welch has continuously evolved her writing to match where she is in her life. As she sheds many of her usual metaphors for this latest album, her arrangements vary enough to both excite and occasionally underplay her music. [...]

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Album Reviews: July 9, 2018

Album Reviews: July 9, 2018

The Gorillaz - The Now Now (U.K.) Despite his collaborator heavy release last year Damon Albarn's animated band has returned as a much more solo venture this time around. Stripping things down for more focused songs, Albarn makes an album with more distinct moments than distinct sounds. With the [...]

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Album Reviews: July 2, 2018

Album Reviews: July 2, 2018

Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch (Cleveland) As Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor's music has changed, the intense and abrasive styles have taken so many shapes across the years. For his latest album however, Reznor makes something with a pop core, to let his more eccentric writing add flavour rather [...]

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Album Reviews: June 25, 2018

Album Reviews: June 25, 2018

Protomartyr - Consolation (Detroit) After their last album, Protomartryr needed to clear the chamber on their material to move forward. Though it doesn't bring the same over-arching thematic glory of their recent LP, this new record is a fierce and dynamic set of songs. Rallying cries and vicious [...]

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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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