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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 16, 2018

Album Reviews: January 16, 2018

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Wrong Creatures (San Francisco) After so many albums, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have found a new and unique sound for themselves, and is it ever worth hearing. Blending dark punk rock with a Southern growl, Wrong Creatures is one of their strongest releases in years. [...]

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Cherry Chérie's Take a Tarantino Approach to Music

Cherry Chérie's Take a Tarantino Approach to Music

Photo by Leda St-Jacques What began as a retro cover band has morphed into a stylized beast of a rock band that knows how to emulate the classics sharply. Harnessing everything that made their favourite artists great while telling deep stories in their music, Montreal's Cherry Chérie [...]

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Brooklyn Doran Finds A New Home

Brooklyn Doran Finds A New Home

Photos by Cassandra Rudolph Whether with others or on her own, Kenora's Brooklyn Doran has always made her music stand out. The songwriter's unique style has evolved from personal to a looser storytelling style, mirroring her integration into the Toronto scene. We talked with Doran [...]

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Album Reviews: January 8, 2018

Album Reviews: January 8, 2018

Eminem - Revival (Michigan) Initial success can only get you so far, at some point you need to make sure you can keep up with the times. Coming with what allegedly may be his last record, Eminem dazzles and disappoints in unequal measures for an album that feels bloated. Beyoncé's vocals [...]

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Douglas' Unique Perspective

Douglas' Unique Perspective

Douglas Rice didn't start writing music from a normal path. Singing classically for most of his professional career his recent record State Of Mind under the name Douglas, was his first outing of original material. Obsessed by how we take in the world, he decided to observe how perception affects [...]

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Ottawa Life's Top Albums of 2017

Ottawa Life's Top Albums of 2017

10. Protomartyr - Relatives In Descent (Domino) No record snarls quite as much this year as Protomartyr's latest, but the band's absolutely unpredictable sense of composition is what makes Relatives In Descent such a rush of a journey. Rollicking drums and horrifying drones blare through "A [...]

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Ottawa's Top 10 Concerts of 2017

Ottawa's Top 10 Concerts of 2017

Photos by Andre Gagne Local or international, Ottawa got its fill of amazing shows this year. Even with the never-ending rain of festival season this year, Ottawa hosted so many more bands in venues new and old between events like JunoFest, Megaphono, Bluesfest, JazzFest, Canada Scene, CityFolk, [...]

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Album Reviews: December 19, 2017

Album Reviews: December 19, 2017

Belle & Sebastian - How To Solve Our Human Problems - Part 1 (Scotland) Given the dance and electronic of their last record, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance, it's wonderful to see that the sonic powerhouse of Belle & Sebastian is embracing their sounds old and new on this record. The [...]

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Serena Ryder's Creative Revival

Serena Ryder's Creative Revival

Photo by Jimmy Fontaine It may seem like yesterday but Serena Ryder's hit album Harmony is five years old now, and her new album Utopia was almost triple album thanks to this gap. Pushing her creativity to the edge, Ryder wrote on drums, with pop producers and tracked everything the day she [...]

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Julie and the Wrong Guys Find The Right Fit

Julie and the Wrong Guys Find The Right Fit

After over a decade of her solo career, people might forget how gritty Julie Doiron once was in the 90's with Eric's Trip. After recruiting a crew of strong Canadian rockers for a backing band in 2011, Doiron dubbed her tour as Julie and the Wrong Guys. Fast forward, and members Eamon McGrath, [...]

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