Owen Maxwell Located in Ottawa, Canada, Owen writes and podcasts about music, films and everything pop culture.
  • So, You Need Some New Christmas Music While Christmas music can be annoying to some and maybe even a bit of a joke to others, it’s undeniable that with all the artists making merry melodies these days there will be some amazing holiday gems. To make your yuletide listening that much easier, we’ve combed through this year’s best holiday releases to make […] 4 min read
  • Heavy Hearts Coming from the retirement community of Niagara-on-the-Lake doesn’t keep Heavy Hearts from working hard. Pushing out release after release over the past few years, the band already has a handful of EPs and a powerful full-length album with Bliss. Trying to reinvent their sound once again for their latest EP, On A Chain, the band decided […] 5 min read
  • Couldn’t Do it Without You, Partner From their leap onto the Canadian indie-rock scene a few years ago—when they compared themselves to Ellen Page—nothing about Partner’s rise to fame has been typical. Following a short line of singles, most of Partner’s attention-grabbing activity over the past couple of years has been their extensive touring—showing off one of the most insane live […] 4 min read
  • Joywave Blending the pop mechanics of Twenty One Pilots with the quirky writing of Mother Mother, Joywave offer up a musical experience that moves bodies and hearts. The New York band also moved hearts in their hometown of Rochester by sponsoring a Little League baseball team called the Southside Joywave. After a frantic Twitter exchange the […] 3 min read
  • The Roth of Lexie For Lexie Roth, expressing both her light and dark sides isn’t a stretch anymore. Given her time as an actress (Joy, Chappaquiddick) as well as a private chef, her musical abilities seem like a natural extension of her creativity, especially with a father like Arlen Roth whose time with ‘60s and ‘70s legends like Bob […] 4 min read
  • Billy Talent After 23 years as a band, Billy Talent is still going strong — stronger than ever. “It stems from us fighting for over ten years to get where we wanted to be, and because it took so long we appreciate it way more,” says drummer Aaron Solowoniuk. “That work ethic of never giving up, means we […] 4 min read
  • Against Me! It’s been a long, difficult road for Laura Jane Grace to keep Against Me! afloat at times. Yet, she’s managed to keep the band moving since they started in 1997. “If you want to be an artist, you’ll have these ups and downs, but you can’t be motivated by other people, you have to accept […] 5 min read
  • Run The Jewels It takes a special kind of musician to not only unite people over music but to unite them for real change. Rap duo Run The Jewels are one of the few groups in any genre contribute so much of themselves towards making our world a little more livable. One of their biggest campaigns in recent […] 4 min read
  • Hannah Georgas Transition can be awfully intimidating, especially if you’ve gotten comfortable, but as an artist, it can sometimes bring fresh ideas out of the conflict of change. Consider, on top of this, the internal troubles of anxiety and depression, and this conflict can be overbearing but not if you channel it like Vancouver-Toronto artist Hannah Georgas […] 5 min read
  • Priests Punk has always been a voice of protest and change, and for Washington D.C.’s Priests that voice goes further: putting their (and their donors’) money where their mouth is. The band released their LP Nothing Feels Natural in January, a long-awaited follow-up to their 2014 EP Bodies and Control and Money and Power. The new […] 4 min read
  • Greys An album is often a very cut-and-dry process, with a lot of tracks being left out to make sure the feel of the record is sustained, but sometimes there’s creativity that flows from the recordings and leftover ideas that could produce an album of its own. For Toronto’s Greys, the processes behind Warm Shadow, the […] 4 min read
  • Rykka With constant touring some artists feel like they barely have one home, but some are lucky enough to have two. Canadian-Swiss artist Rykka has spent her life between her two home countries, and is now using her career as a musician to make the most of her unique situation, with her tour for latest album […] 4 min read