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: April 15, 2019

Album Reviews: April 15, 2019

Anderson .Paak - Ventura (Oxnard, California) It's only been a few months since Anderson .Paak graced us with his last ambitious release, and he's managed to maintain a great supporting cast in his music. Though this latest release sinks back to his groove-based roots, there's still a lot [...]

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Album Reviews: April 8, 2019

Album Reviews: April 8, 2019

Solange - When I Get Home (Houston, TX/New Orleans) Solange had found a wonderfully artful and pop-focused direction on A Seat At The Table, so her follow-up had a lot to live up to. Here she takes a lightly Stevie Wonder tone and plays around the margins of pop to make something that transcends traditional [...]

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Album Reviews: April 1, 2019

Album Reviews: April 1, 2019

Ex Hex - It's Real (Washington, DC) With a Cars-like pop and some hard-rock riffs to grime it up, Ex Hex really set themselves apart as a fun but gritty band a few years back. This time around they're playing with a much more sonically diverse palette, but touching on enough similar bases to [...]

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Album Reviews: March 25, 2019

Album Reviews: March 25, 2019

Ibibio Sound Machine - Doko Mien (London, UK) With their unique mix of traditional sounds and strong dance music, Ibibio Sound Machine could've easily done the same thing over and over. Their latest release however sees the band expanding their grooves in every which direction while delivering some [...]

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Album Reviews: March 18, 2019

Album Reviews: March 18, 2019

The Coathangers - The Devil You Know (Atlanta, GA) Beyond great punk, a band like The Coathangers had to evolve and take their music somewhere new. Though it's not as much of a step-forward as one would like, this album offers fans something new and some great rock to just cut loose to. You get [...]

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Album Reviews: March 9, 2019

Album Reviews: March 9, 2019

Stella Donnelly - Beware Of Dogs (Perth, Australia) Every once in a while you hear a record that can really shock you, whether it's a great sound or the emotional impact. This debut LP sees Stella Donnelly soothing you in her music while telling cutting stories that tap into modern anxieties. Just [...]

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Album Reviews: March 4, 2019

Album Reviews: March 4, 2019

Panda Bear - Buoys (Baltimore, MD/Lisbon, Portugal) Though it goes without saying that Panda Bear has definitely maintained a specific sound and niche kind of writing, he's always carved infectious writing into this sound. For as often as he meditates on ideas in this latest release, Panda Bear [...]

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Album Reviews: February 25, 2019

Album Reviews: February 25, 2019

Swervedriver - Future Ruins (Oxford, England) Those looking for furious rock that cuts through pop hooks with ease, Swervedriver give you that with a touch of anger and grit. With such a colossal weight to the sound Swervedriver bring to the table, it's only a shame they're not taking it further. [...]

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Album Reviews: February 18, 2019

Album Reviews: February 18, 2019

Charles Bradley - Black Velvet (Brooklyn) The world lost a legend when Charles Bradley died, and this posthumous record just hammers that point home more. With a range of what we love from Bradley and some unexpected sonic explorations, this album is a great sign-off for his career. We're hearing [...]

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Album Reviews: February 11, 2019

Album Reviews: February 11, 2019

Le Butcherettes - bi/MENTAL (Guadalajara, Mexico) While previous records from Le Butcherettes were all about raw punk fury and a little art-rock, they've blurred the lines of genre more and more with each release. Here singer Teri Gender Bender and her band craft poignant and immediate tracks that [...]

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