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: January 14, 2019

Album Reviews: January 14, 2019

Dan Mangan - More Or Less (Vancouver) Over the years, Dan Mangan has asserted himself as a lovable Canadian folk crooner, so on his latest record he's started showing his darker sides. Though its more ambient moments might be testing for some, this is by far Mangan's most interesting record [...]

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Album Reviews: January 7, 2019

Album Reviews: January 7, 2019

Foxwarren - Foxwarren (Regina, SK) Explorative writing but solid pop gives Foxwarren a strong drive that songwriter Andy Shauf has already been displaying on his own. Though their new album is definitely pulling from a lot of familiar ground, they keep their sonic-end glowing enough to feel new again. [...]

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Best Concerts of 2018

Best Concerts of 2018

What a year for catching concerts it was. Whether you saw shows at stadiums, festivals or bars, Ottawa was truly a hub for music this year. With new fests like Bon-Fire and some choice one-off shows that we never even saw coming, 2018 showed a lot of possibility for concerts to come. 10. Michael Rault [...]

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Best albums of 2018

Best albums of 2018

Genre goes through phases and in 2018, we saw the borders between these categories all but go away. As we go through our favourite albums from across the year, we're highlighting artists that made us fall in love with music again while innovating in one way or another. 10. Papercuts - Parallel Universe [...]

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Album Reviews: December 3, 2018

Album Reviews: December 3, 2018

Thom Yorke - Suspiria (England) Tackling a classic work is daunting, and it's often better focus on capturing a feeling of the original work rather than update or distort it. By doing so just like Luca Guadagnino's film does, Thom Yorke creates a piece that not only suits the film but works [...]

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The Big Noise of The Commotions

The Big Noise of The Commotions

Photo courtesy of The Commotions The Commotions represent not only a bit of vintage fun, but the power that can come from creative minds. Their ability to bring electricity back to music long out of fashion gives every show a life you rarely see anymore at concerts. We caught up with band leader Brian [...]

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Album Reviews: November 26, 2018

Album Reviews: November 26, 2018

Graham Van Pelt - Time Travel (Toronto) It's always interesting with certain solo spin-off artists to see how much of a driving force they are for specific sounds in their band. In the case of Graham Van Pelt, we hear many of Miracle Fortress's electronics and synths shining solo for an album [...]

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Album Reviews: November 19, 2018

Album Reviews: November 19, 2018

St. Vincent - MassEducation (Austin, TX) So many artists will put out acoustic collections or sparing bonus versions of their tracks, but so often these tracks can subtract too much. Rather than aesthetically strip her music down, St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) has used an acoustic instrument set to [...]

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Album Reviews: November 12, 2018

Album Reviews: November 12, 2018

Art d'Ecco - Trespasser (Vancouver, BC) Through a complete artistic and aesthetic reinvention, Art d'Ecco has embraced glam-rock in a wonderfully colourful way. Through amazing textures and performances, this record shows off how fun rock can really be when you're earnest but a little unhinged. [...]

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Album Reviews: November 5, 2018

Album Reviews: November 5, 2018

Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman (Montreal) Through her work as half of Essaie Pas, Marie Davidson has shown us how entrancing her music can be. This solo record however sees the electronic artist pushing expectations to the limits while blurring the lines between music and an outright sonic experience. [...]

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