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: December 10, 2019

Album reviews: December 10, 2019

Beck — Hyperspace (Los Angeles) Never one to stay still genre-wise or writing-wise, Beck's latest venture feels of another time and dimension. Though it might feel a tad too inspired at times, this record is certainly the most coherent album he's put out in a while, and it's wonderful [...]

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Album Reviews for December 2, 2019

 Album Reviews for December 2, 2019

Girl Ray — Girl (London, UK) Following a record of indie guitar-pop with distinct voicing and exceptional song writing, it's certainly jarring to hear Girl Ray return on a glossy note. This time around however, it will be more about what you can find within the simplified compositions of [...]

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Big Wreck Carry On

Big Wreck Carry On

Following their 2010 reunion, Big Wreck has been an unstoppable force of creativity and touring. Releasing their new record ...But for the Sun in the wake of guitarist Brian Doherty's death, the band carry on with a return to hard stomping rock. We caught up with member Ian Thornley ahead of their [...]

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Album Reviews for November 25, 2019

Album Reviews for November 25, 2019

Aldous Harding - Designer (Lyttelton, New Zealand) Few singers can straddle theatrics, celebration and sadness quite like Kiwi songstress Aldous Harding. With rustic charm, unexpected arrangements and storytelling that can only be taken further by Harding's own evocative singing, this record [...]

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Album Reviews for November 18, 2019

Album Reviews for November 18, 2019

Guerilla Toss - What Would the Odd Do? (Boston, MA/New York City) Guerilla Toss has become more fascinating with every subsequent release, as they've taken their punk-jazz fusion and slowly coloured it with lush, spacey soundscapes. Never ones to miss a chance for mashing dance-bops with something [...]

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Sons of Scotland bring the highlands home 

Sons of Scotland bring the highlands home 

Though bagpipes may not play a large role in modern pop music, the tradition behind them is still alive and well. For over a 100 years, the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band have been bringing traditional music and education in that music to Ottawa and Canada as a whole. We caught up with member Bethany Bisaillion [...]

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Alexandria Maillot gets collaborative

Alexandria Maillot gets collaborative

Not every record goes as planned. For Alexandria Maillot's Benevolence, a friend from British Columbia's offer to record in Montreal utterly reshaped a few songs into an album. With new players, songs and a process that went beyond her own creativity as well, Maillot came out with a record outside [...]

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Album Reviews for November 11, 2019

Album Reviews for November 11, 2019

Jade Bird —- Jade Bird (Hexham/Croydon, England) Though I'd heard rumours and praise for Jade Bird's debut for some time, it was a revelation to finally sit down with her new record. With an emotional maturity and vocal brilliance many decades older than her lack, this young English [...]

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Craig Stickland doesn't waste a minute

Craig Stickland doesn't waste a minute

Music is a difficult career field, so Craig Stickland has kept surprisingly creative to keep his dream alive. In making his new record Starlit Afternoon, Stickland made a van to not only tour himself but record in the meanwhile. He's also acted, modeled and created furniture to subsidize his love [...]

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Nick Sherman Shows What He's Made Of

Nick Sherman Shows What He's Made Of

From his early days Nick Sherman has taken his stories and the ones from those close to him, and crafted great music from them. With Made Of, Sherman has found himself in the music again, and crafted a rich record built from the bones of a supportive studio session. We caught up with Sherman ahead of [...]

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