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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Bywater Call’s latest single is monumental in sound and production.

Bywater Call’s latest single is monumental in sound and production.

The Beths – Expert in a Dying Field (Auckland, New Zealand) Mixing a rustic charm with a lot of shoegaze elements reminiscent of Veronica Falls, The Beths continue to make brilliant indie rock with a 90s charm. With so many addictive hooks and production details layered into their effervescent [...]

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Exploring the pain of starting over Stella Donnelly’s “Flood” is less venom & more ache

Exploring the pain of starting over Stella Donnelly’s “Flood” is less venom & more ache

Stella Donnelly – Flood (Perth, Australia) After one of the most contrastingly sunny-sounding yet biting records in recent memory, Stella Donnelly ups the scale of her writing on this latest record. Digging into a fully realized sound and exploring the pains of honesty and starting over, [...]

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Keeping twang dark is Bastards and the Buzzards' specialty.

Keeping twang dark is Bastards and the Buzzards' specialty.

Muse – Will of the People (Teignmouth, U.K.) In recent years, Muse has drifted between over-the-top jock rock and playing up their dystopian themes for the pure protest energy, but feeling more akin to pastiche than their earnest past. With the production a little thin and the mood a little [...]

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Phoebe Green has ear-tinglingly crisp sound work and catchy ideas.

Phoebe Green has ear-tinglingly crisp sound work and catchy ideas.

Hot Chip – Freakout/Release (London, U.K.) As a fun wild card of the dance and electronic world, Hot Chip always tweak their ratios of grime, funk and heavy bounce to make something fresh. Maintaining a sense of frantic energy and grit in their bones after all this time, Hot Chip leave us [...]

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Lykee Li’s new album “Eyeye” is drenched in malaise

Lykee Li’s new album “Eyeye” is drenched in malaise

Lykke Li– Eyeye (Ystad, Sweden) The pains of love (romantic or among friends and family) can utterly devastate some, resulting in albums from artists that feel like a naked reveal of a human desperately trying to come to terms with feelings. More subdued than ever, Li is using her range [...]

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The true underrated queens of harmony, Lucius are awesome to listen to

The true underrated queens of harmony, Lucius are awesome to listen to

Orville Peck – Bronco (Johannesburg, South Africa/Toronto) Ever since taking the country genre in a mystifying new direction, Orville Peck has remained an enigma within the genre. His newest release blurs the lines between serious and pastiche-driven revival, and it’s in that [...]

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Black Midi delivers an apocalyptic flurry of sound that’s so rich in range

Black Midi delivers an apocalyptic flurry of sound that’s so rich in range

Jack White – Entering Heaven Alive (Nashville, TN/Detroit, MI) After his last album in 2022 played to both the riffing and experimentation of modern Jack White work, this new release by the guitar virtuoso is a journey through his early solo work and more of his White Stripes days. Unpredictable, [...]

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Toronto’s Metric meshes energy from across their career into their most finessed acoustics

Toronto’s Metric meshes energy from across their career into their most finessed acoustics

Superorganism – World Wide Pop (London, U.K./South Korea/New Zealand/Japan/Australia) A few years on from their top-notch debut, Superorganism is leaning into their weirdness and pop centre more than ever, creating songs that are even more acoustically wild but actually very familiar at [...]

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The uncanny world of Killer Mike & Run The Jewels

The uncanny world of Killer Mike & Run The Jewels

Run the Jewels has been on a high for a decade now, and it’s meant that Michael Render, better known as Killer Mike, has put his solo work on hold. Along with serving as one half of Run the Jewels, Render has started a chain of barbershops, co-founded a Black-run bank, launched multiple TV shows [...]

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The latest record from 070 Shake asserts their superstar status.

The latest record from 070 Shake asserts their superstar status.

Regina Spektor – Home, Before and After (Moscow, Russia/New York City) While Regina Spektor has played with marvellously complex structures in the past, her expansive sound on her latest record all starts with the core of her voice and her magical piano. A mix of everything you want out [...]

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