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 6, 2020

Album Reviews: April 6, 2020

Anna Burch — If You're Dreaming (Detroit, Michigan) Despite all the fun melodies and snarky lyrics in her first record, Anna Burch's music always felt a little disconnected from her narratives. But with the overt romanticism in the compositions of her latest record, each song brilliantly [...]

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Album Reviews: March 31, 2020

Album Reviews: March 31, 2020

Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia (London, U.K.) Pop is in a great place for feel-good jams and Top 40 artists like Dua Lipa who can mix the weird with infectious hooks. Though Canadians might find the album title confusing next to the The Sheepdog's own 2015 release, they will find Dua Lipa does [...]

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Albums reviews: March 24, 2020

Albums reviews: March 24, 2020

Childish Gambino - 3.15.20 (California/Georgia) With the rumours swirling of the end of Childish Gambino, it's great that Donald Glover has blessed us with new material. Since this allegedly the first step in his rebirth to creating art under his real name, this is a masterful way to start over. [...]

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GOOD2GO rock Ottawa for 20 years

GOOD2GO rock Ottawa for 20 years

Photo: Michelle Valberg Whether it's through a poster or a marquee, a GOOD2GO show is something that's just been ever-present in Ottawa for two decades. In fact, the Ottawa punk legends are in their 20th year as a band, and by all accounts, they're as strong as ever. We caught up with founding [...]

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Matthew Good powers on

Matthew Good powers on

Life changes, and for Matthew Good that meant making his new record Moving Walls in his parents' garage. Good stripped much of the roar of his last record away to produce an intimate listen that shows a Good maturing more than ever. We caught up with Good ahead of his two night run that was supposed [...]

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Album Reviews: March 16, 2020

Album Reviews: March 16, 2020

Allie X - Cape God (Oakville, Ontario/ Los Angeles) If you've caught Allie X live in the past few years, you know just how potent her mix of punchy pop and dark melodies can be. With almost too much ambition and a lot of energy, this latest release sees Allie X as a songstress ready to take the [...]

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Alan Doyle shows a new side

Alan Doyle shows a new side

While Alan Doyle's projects have led him through folk, rock and pop music, his latest EP sees his love for country coming through the most. With a cast of co-writers, Rough Side Out has Doyle balancing strong creative friendships with ambitious firsts in his career. We caught up with Doyle ahead [...]

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Album Reviews: March 9, 2020

 Album Reviews: March 9, 2020

U.S. Girls - Heavy Light (Toronto, formerly Chicago) It seemed like there was no way Meg Remy could meet the heights of In a Poem Unlimited a second time. By shifting to a more groovy, piano crooner energy on her newest record, she's done just that and made a huge sounding record with a who's [...]

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Album Reviews: March 2, 2020

Album Reviews: March 2, 2020

Cold Beat - Mother (San Francisco, California) Riding the lines of dance and riff rock with a touch of New Order, Cold Beat keep a constantly dark but bouncy energy. With a little more experimentation this time around, the band's music is still as soulful and fun, but now it has a kind distinct [...]

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Laila Biali Pushes Back

Laila Biali Pushes Back

While a home studio might seem like a way to make things easier, it turned out as a bit of a trap for Laila Biali. With mould taking over her recording space, Biali had to power through making a record and deal with illnesses caused by the mould itself. Amongst those hardships Biali created Out of Dust, [...]

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