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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The latest from Florence Welch feels utterly refreshing.

The latest from Florence Welch feels utterly refreshing.

Florence + the Machine – Dance Fever (London, U.K.) The grandiosity and rich beauty that Florence Welch brings to her music has been missing in our landscape as of late, and her latest return feels utterly refreshing. Though this is more of a mix of her best sounds than a true step forward, [...]

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True fun in their sound makes Sunflower Bean tracks magical

True fun in their sound makes Sunflower Bean tracks magical

Sunflower Bean – Headful of Sugar (New York City) Currently adrift between tones of new Arctic Monkeys and the classic Fleetwood Mac, Sunflower Bean are beautifully making their own vision of a rich 70s sound. While the alternating influences that drive the album mean that it might not [...]

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Walt Disco drops you into a smoky, electronica cloud to dance your pains away

Walt Disco drops you into a smoky, electronica cloud to dance your pains away

Pup – The Unraveling of Puptheband (Toronto) Pup has noticeably honed their punk and pop with every album, constantly satisfying both ends of their fandom with their sharp sensibilities on both ends. With The Unraveling of Puptheband, they truly have it finessed to an art, as they elevate [...]

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J Morris & co. lament the struggle to make your passion your life.

J Morris & co. lament the struggle to make your passion your life.

Wet Leg – Wet Leg (Isle of Wight, U.K.) After a string of the some of the most hyped singles in recent years, Wet Leg’s full record is finally here. Full of unpredictable production choices, great riffs and a refreshingly explicit lyrical choices, this is a band that feels [...]

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Ibibio Sound Machine pushes their electronic sounds into aggressive new territory

Ibibio Sound Machine pushes their electronic sounds into aggressive new territory

Jack White – Fear of the Dawn (Nashville TN, Detroit, MI) After years of mutating his own brand of garage and country-influenced rock, Jack White has decidedly turned his sharp riffing knife on experimentation. While he balances this with a lot of classic touches from across his [...]

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Confidence Man will make you dance like an idiot from the first listen

Confidence Man will make you dance like an idiot from the first listen

Aldous Harding – Warm Chris (Lyttelton, New Zealand/Cardiff, Wales) With every album Aldous Harding takes on a wondrous and often quirky jaunt along the line of wistful folk-pop and complex orchestral arrangements. Subdued tonally, this record finds Harding adding so many little melodic [...]

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Big Thief's subtle craft and sublime voice work does it every time

Big Thief's subtle craft and sublime voice work does it every time

Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (Brooklyn, NY) Few artists can truly mystify our minds in the acoustic music world these days, but the subtle craft and sublime voice work in Big Thief does it every time. With their range as musicians not only showing through the [...]

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Charli XCX’s amazingly produced album is instantly memorable

Charli XCX’s amazingly produced album is instantly memorable

Charli XCX – Crash (Cambridge, U.K.) Between her heights of pop and experimental phases, Charli XCX has clearly taken every turn as a lesson to refine her writing. Now with an arsenal of amazing production and tones behind her, and the sharpest two-minute pop bangers she’s [...]

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Montreal’s Basia Bulat releases a lookback record with wings

Montreal’s Basia Bulat releases a lookback record with wings

Basia Bulat – The Garden (Montreal) As a true legend of the Montreal music scene, it's great to see Basia Bulat giving her own work a reflective take. Often adding unexpected new twists on the original tracks, this is a lookback record with wings. "The Garden" is a stirring [...]

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Mitski turns a narrative into a full sonic torrent

Mitski turns a narrative into a full sonic torrent

Mitski – Laurel Hell (New York City/Japan) Ever the master of the emotional moment, Mitski turns the narrative into a full sonic torrent on her new LP. While some of its catchiest moments do lean heavily on familiar writing, Mitski adds so much charm in the actual stories and deeper details [...]

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