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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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Timber Timbre's Fiction Becomes Reality

Timber Timbre's Fiction Becomes Reality

Photo by Caroline Desilets After a decade of music and five albums, Timber Timbre looked to science fiction for inspiration. What they found however was that the reality was stranger than fiction, leading them towards a dystopian, synth-rock. Flying out to France, the band huddled up in a bizarre [...]

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Hey Ocean! Reach a Sea Change

Hey Ocean! Reach a Sea Change

Photos courtesy of Paquin Artists Agency After a decade together, Hey Ocean! needed time apart. Taking a break to work on their own projects, singer Ashleigh Ball finally dived wholeheartedly into her work as a voice actress as well. Being able to get their live back together, the band have already [...]

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Album Reviews: November 13, 2017

Album Reviews: November 13, 2017

Baxter Dury - Prince of Tears (England) While Baxter Dury (son of UK Punk legend Ian Dury) may still be somewhat of an unknown outside of his native England, he makes a strong case for his breakthrough on his latest record. Proving aggressive unconventional sounds mixed with clever pop writing can [...]

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Walrus' Wild Ride

Walrus' Wild Ride

Photos courtesy of Walrus One of the latest powerful retro-inspired bands coming out of Halifax's amazing music scene, Walrus brings amazing psychedelic rock with heart. The band's already budding career was quickly swept up by an eager Dan Mangan and his Madic Records label. Dropping their [...]

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Album Reviews: October 31, 2017

Album Reviews: October 31, 2017

Casper Skulls - Mercy Works (Toronto) A captivating force on a stage, Casper Skulls always had a more gritty sound on record that felt like a different side of their live beast. Finally releasing their debut and introducing strings to the mix, they have a record that not only feels right for them, [...]

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The Rural Alberta Advantage Regroup

The Rural Alberta Advantage Regroup

The Rural Alberta Advantage have had quite the shakeup recently. As founding member Amy Cole left the band, they found new life with Robin Hatch, setting them on an interesting new course. Having to sort out their new lineup and dynamics on the road, they've managed to their new album The Wild out [...]

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Album Reviews: October 23, 2017

Album Reviews: October 23, 2017

Beck - Colors (Los Angeles) No one consistently surprises listeners quite like Beck has been able to do across his 20 years in the business. Going back to overt pop on his latest release Beck blends equal parts dance and utterly weird for a record that delightfully bizarre. "Colors" sweeps [...]

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Judas Priestess Deliver The Goods

Judas Priestess Deliver The Goods

Photos by John Doseph and RockMetal Inc While most tribute acts offer little more than great covers and maybe even a gimmick, there's only a few who can transcend beyond the music. New York City's Judas Priestess offers a personality wholly their own, making already great metal covers even [...]

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Death From Above Are Going Steady

Death From Above Are Going Steady

While Death From Above weren't even a band for a few years, they've returned and started writing albums more consistently than they ever did in the past. On their third album Outrage! Is Now they find themselves steering their album in a pop direction with weirder arrangements and more catchy [...]

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Album Reviews: October 16, 2017

Album Reviews: October 16, 2017

Weaves - Wide Open (Toronto) Always trying to push the envelope one way or the other, Weaves have come with roaring pop on their second record, making their raw sound more accessible without feeling dishonest. With even more emotion than their debut, and some of their weirdest tracks to date, it [...]

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