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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Christmas Music Special – She & Him, Arkells, Norah Jones

Christmas Music Special – She & Him, Arkells, Norah Jones

She & Him – Holiday (Portland, OR/Los Angeles) Masters of a sense of vintage power, M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel offer up one more great set of holiday tracks. Revamping some Madonna with yuletide soul among others, the duo reminds us that they’re probably one of the few artists that [...]

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Album Reviews: Elton John, Hand Habits, Snail Mail

Album Reviews: Elton John, Hand Habits, Snail Mail

Elton John – The Lockdown Sessions (Pinner, England) Like many artists, Elton John has taken the tour setbacks of the pandemic to facilitate collabs that would’ve otherwise never happened. While the record isn’t quite cohesive, it’s a great scattershot image of all the [...]

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Album reviews: Abba, La Luz, Joan As Police Woman

Album reviews: Abba, La Luz, Joan As Police Woman

ABBA – Voyage (Stockholm, Sweden) The record we all never thought would come, it’s a few decades late, but at least it’s steeped in the best of the decades ABBA reigned in. While its slow ballads vastly outweigh the great upbeat bangers with dark stories, there’s at least [...]

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Album Reviews: Nao, Brandi Carlile, Marissa Nadler

Album Reviews: Nao, Brandi Carlile, Marissa Nadler

Brandi Carlile – In These Silent Days (Ravensdale, WA) With an ability to harness the magic of raw emotion, Brandi Carlile’s latest record serves as a record that constantly veers between intimate and explosive. Topped off with the sheer magnitude of her voice, Carlile delivers a record [...]

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Album Reviews: Casper Skulls, BadBadNotGood, Audiobooks

Album Reviews: Casper Skulls, BadBadNotGood, Audiobooks

Casper Skulls – Knows No Kindness (Toronto) From their grimy early material to their emotionally sharp LP Mercy Works, Casper Skulls found a way to make a record that feels all the more intense. With amped up arrangements and a sense of storytelling to make every little detail feel important, [...]

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Album Reviews: Wet Leg, The Vaccines, Colleen Green

Album Reviews: Wet Leg, The Vaccines, Colleen Green

Wet Leg – Wet Dream (Isle of Wight, U.K.) There’s an ability to harness chaos that bands like Wet Leg just exemplify with seemingly effortless nuance. With two-track release, the project manages to fit in lush layers that blur indie rock, electronica and art-pop into a wonderful haze. [...]

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Album Reviews: A Place to Bury Strangers, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, JEEN

Album Reviews: A Place to Bury Strangers, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, JEEN

A Place To Bury Strangers - Hologram (Brooklyn) Lineup changes are the true testing ground of any project’s staying power, Oliver Ackerman has seen that enough in his tenure with A Place to Bury Strangers. As the band moves more away from its latest noise-punk iteration to a shoegaze/new [...]

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Album Reviews: Bess Atwell, Poppy, Park Hye Jin

Album Reviews: Bess Atwell, Poppy, Park Hye Jin

Poppy - Flux (Boston, MA) From internet enigma to quirky art darling, Poppy has really kept us on our toes. With tracks that constantly zigzag between pop and bizarre electronica, this is a wonderful trip to put on and just get lost in. There’s a wonderfully digital and metal chaos to “Flux” [...]

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Album Reviews: Arkells, Sleigh Bells, Ada Lea

Album Reviews: Arkells, Sleigh Bells, Ada Lea

Arkells - Blink Once (Hamilton, ON) If any Canadian band is constantly trying to find ways to evolve and collaborate, the Arkells make a fun exercise of it. While their newest record definitely lacks an edge at times, and may alienate some listeners in their new sonic routes, it does a lot to expand [...]

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Album Reviews: Lil Nas X, Kacey Musgraves, Sonia Aimy

Album Reviews: Lil Nas X, Kacey Musgraves, Sonia Aimy

Lil Nas X - Montero (Lithia Springs, GA) As one of the few people it feels like is genuinely pushing the boundaries of what a pop star can do lyrically and musically right now, Lil Nas X's latest record totally fulfills the hype. With super-catchy tracks that get weird and shake up what many are [...]

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