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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Bluesfest by day: Backstreet Boys & America

Bluesfest by day: Backstreet Boys & America

Backstreet boys in a line standing in profile (credit: Greg Kolz) While there were packed crowds other nights of Bluesfest, the final night of the festival was by far its most busy. With a bit of classic rock and some boy band magic, Bluesfest closed on a massive high. America There was a lot great [...]

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Album reviews: July 15, 2019

Album reviews: July 15, 2019

Metz - Automat (Ottawa) Metz have always nailed noise and anger with pop, but it's rarely been so fun yet compelling all at the same time. The space in a track like "Soft Whiteout" shows a new maturity in Metz as much as their writing and use of percussion does, as the track hits ears [...]

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Bluesfest by day: K'naan, Wu-Tang Clan, Pussy Riot and Snoop Dogg

Bluesfest by day: K'naan, Wu-Tang Clan, Pussy Riot and Snoop Dogg

Wu-tang wide shot (credit: Greg Kolz) The weather delays on Saturday of Bluesfest were a frustrating setback. After only a few days where heavy rain and dense thunderstorms hit the fest hard enough for a delay call, it felt strange seeing the same announcements come up during blue skies due to the [...]

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Bluesfest by day: Alexisonfire & The Offspring & The Dirty Nil

Bluesfest by day: Alexisonfire & The Offspring & The Dirty Nil

Photo credit: Greg Kolz A non-stop punk fury gripped Bluesfest on Friday, with one of the most heavily focused lineups of the week. With lots of kicks, riffs and mosh-pits, rock fans got their money's worth and then some. Photo credit: Greg Kolz The Dirty Nil There was a clear excitement [...]

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The nitty gritty on The Dirty Nil

The nitty gritty on The Dirty Nil

Photo credit: Steve Gullick How many artists can say they made it with their high school band? Well, The Dirty Nil is one of those rare cases, and they've managed to maintain that fiery energy while maturing as artists at the same time. With their new album Master Volume, the group has brought [...]

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Bluesfest by day: Leikeli47, Murda Beatz and Shakey Graves

Bluesfest by day: Leikeli47, Murda Beatz and Shakey Graves

Leikeli47 (credit: Greg Kolz) With the rain and lightning throwing delays and cancellations at the start of the night, it felt like a minor miracle to have Bluesfest come right back! As the crowd was hungry for their music however, sets on Thursday were a true celebration through and through. Leikeli47 [...]

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Bluesfest by day: Yonatan Gat & the Eastern Medicine Singers and Logic

Bluesfest by day: Yonatan Gat & the Eastern Medicine Singers and Logic

Logic waving (credit: Greg Kolz) There was a more open and laidback energy going into the cool Wednesday evening shows. Whether it was a bit of experimental art-rock or some top-notch hip hop, the crowd was excited for all of it. Yonatan Gat & The Eastern Medicine Singers As one of the most [...]

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Bluesfest by day: Kygo, Lennon Stella, Sue Foley and The Trews

Bluesfest by day: Kygo, Lennon Stella, Sue Foley and The Trews

Lennon stella singing with Shades (credit: Sean Sisk) It was a new week going into Bluesfest's one and only Tuesday, and it was a slow ramp-up to the excitement of the night. Thanks to this crescendo of pop and bluesy rock, anyone who had settled down after the weekend was ready to get back into [...]

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Album Reviews: July 9, 2019

Album Reviews: July 9, 2019

Altin Gün - Gece (Amsterdam/Turkey) Music is a language that everyone understands, so it's brilliant to find a band that not only transcend language but make it seem like an utterly trivial detail. For their latest album Altin Gün switch from overt rock to more experimental keyboard work [...]

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Bluesfest by day: The Killers & The Psychedelic Furs

Bluesfest by day: The Killers & The Psychedelic Furs

Shot of Brandon Flowers looking to the crowd (credit: Rob Loud) Synths ruled the night on Sunday at Bluesfest! The cooler weather had everyone a little more relaxed and with that vintage hits let everyone just have fun. And if anyone was still hungry for more, there was a non-stop onslaught of solid [...]

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