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 12, 2019

Album reviews: August 12, 2019

Drugdealer - Raw Honey (Los Angeles, California) While they've drifted between something familiar and simple in the past, Drugdealer create a unique feeling on their new album. The folk-rock magic of the record envelopes and transports you to another world, and one you'll wish there was even [...]

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Art d'Ecco finds their footing

Art d'Ecco finds their footing

Photo provided by Art d'Ecco Creativity is a difficult thing and sometimes we don't find the voice we're looking for the first time around. In the case of Art d'Ecco it was their sophomore release Trespasser that really solidified the way they wanted to take their music, so they effectively [...]

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Swearin' are stronger than ever

Swearin' are stronger than ever

Photo credit: Ali Donohue Bands can be like a bone, sometimes a break makes them stronger. For Swearin' a few years away gave Allison Crutchfield time to grow and everyone else time to recover. And by all accounts it helped them all know what they were missing. Now with a newfound excitement [...]

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Rob Thomas keeps the fire burning

Rob Thomas keeps the fire burning

Photo credit: Randall Slavin Whether he's working with Matchbox Twenty, Carlos Santana or on his own, Rob Thomas has an undeniable knack for great music. Going into his new album Chip Tooth Smile, Thomas went back to his roots as an artist and branched out creatively. We caught up with Thomas [...]

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Album reviews: August 6, 2019

Album reviews: August 6, 2019

Babehoven - Solemnis (Los Angeles, California) There's a sparing set of artists who can tear us apart with simple guitar and voice rock, but Babehoven prove that there's still something to it. As more of taster for their raw emotional power and musical tenacity, this EP is a great promise of [...]

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Album reviews: July 29, 2019

Album reviews: July 29, 2019

Soak - Grim Town (Derry, Northern Ireland, U.K.) Stage setting is an oft-forgotten art is music as a whole, but in cases like the enigmatic Soak, they can really give your album a feeling that sets it apart from everything else. With murky train ride to place listeners, this record is an emotional [...]

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Giles Martin brings "Rocketman" to life

Giles Martin brings "Rocketman" to life

Photo credit: Alex Lake Making a musical like the Elton John biopic Rocketman is a monumental feat, but getting the songs just right takes a special kind of magic itself. For Giles Martin (son of Beatles producer George Martin) to craft the film's music however, this meant finding new ways to [...]

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Album reviews: July 22, 2019

Album reviews: July 22, 2019

Sasami - Sasami (Los Angeles) While Sasami has been playing and teaching music for years, it's strange to look at this new album of hers as a debut. With this background however, her record is a smooth and polished effort that knows how to execute its emotions however low-key they might be. As [...]

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Bluesfest by day: Backstreet Boys & America

Bluesfest by day: Backstreet Boys & America

Backstreet boys in a line standing in profile (credit: Greg Kolz) While there were packed crowds other nights of Bluesfest, the final night of the festival was by far its most busy. With a bit of classic rock and some boy band magic, Bluesfest closed on a massive high. America There was a lot great [...]

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Album reviews: July 15, 2019

Album reviews: July 15, 2019

Metz - Automat (Ottawa) Metz have always nailed noise and anger with pop, but it's rarely been so fun yet compelling all at the same time. The space in a track like "Soft Whiteout" shows a new maturity in Metz as much as their writing and use of percussion does, as the track hits ears [...]

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