Everyone has their own preferences for what they look for in a song. Some people want a tight three-minute pop song; others want 17 verses and no discernible chorus. For me, all I want is a well-crafted song, no matter if its 90 seconds or 45 minutes. The Como Brothers Band does just that on their debut album, Baby Steps.
Baby Steps has been in the making since 2010 when the two brothers, Matt and Andrew, first started playing together while they were still in school. What comes in this album is an homage to another era with guitar solos dotting every song; however, a sense of restraint as nothing feels like a throwaway on the album.
There are times where the band wears their influences on their sleeves. As an example, "Only Me," sounds like a John Mayer song without Mayer's distinctive groan (for better or worse, you can be the judge of that one). My favorite song on the album, "Late Nights," has the feel of The Black Keys' "Strange Times," filled with a phase shifted and overdriven guitar complimenting poignant lyrics.
Overall, the band has used their two EPs to hone their craft and have made their debut album sound far more polished than most bands can achieve. The band returns back home to Long Island to play a show at the Port Jefferson Music Festival on October 12, and that is a homecoming show you will not want to miss, with scheduled gigs at Littlefield's and Tammany Hall as well.
Music Festivals: The place where people pay a pretty insane (sometimes insulting) amount of money to go see kick ass bands (depending on your definition) play a set (except if your name is Death Grips, K-Os or Kings of Leon) and basically just have a good time (to a certain extent) with your buddies. Everyone’s familiar with the definition? Good. Now that we know how festivals work, let’s take a minute to talk about the attendees. You've got some old, some young, some with no regard...
- May 27, 2015 @ 12:07
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There are so many reasons why you see a lot of emerging musical artists come and go, especially in Montreal and Toronto. We have a great opportunity for emerging artists to record at a world-renown music studio, continue reading and find out more below. It is inevitable to see tons of these talents disappear into the shadows due to the over-crowded pool of individuals who think they can make it on their own. A lot of them think it's a fairytale, while others just don't know how to...
- May 27, 2015 @ 11:37
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Have you guys heard about Richard Prince? No? Okay, well, Richard Prince is an artist that i known to appropriate other people's art into his own. His most recent exhibition features a series of Instagram pictures (that are not his), which he is selling for... A LOT OF MONEY. Apparently, some of the pieces were sold at something like $100,000. The pictures are currently exposed at the Frieze Gallery in New York. Frankly, we all have mixed feelings about this. We gotta admit that the...
- May 27, 2015 @ 11:18
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Toronto's AA Wallace shares a new video for his second single "Secret Name". Directed by Doomsquad's Trevor Blumas and produced by D.I.Y. visual arts collectiveHeretical Objects (Etiquette, F%&d Up), "Secret Name" merges late-70s era Lynch-ian style with the modern Youtube phenomenon of unboxing videos, creating a surreal piece that fetishizes the discovery and unveiling of a package as much as the contents itself. Playing songs off his upcoming album In Alpha...
- May 27, 2015 @ 09:25
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Persian Empire just dropped his latest EP DONC via contemporary French netlabel Cosmonostro. With every single project released since last year, Persian Empire has been keeping us on the edge of our seats anticipating for the next one to drop. Based out of Germany, Persian Empire takes future beats away from the trap influence it has become and brings the genre back to its roots with more of a chill approach: infusing jazz inspired horns, deep baselines, sampled vocals and...
- May 26, 2015 @ 14:43
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Toronto's Smashing Satellites is fronted by Salvatore Costa, who's featured in the above video showcasing the range of his vocals in the studio and talking about the making of their new album SonicAluzion. This is the second episode of the docu-series they are releasing showcasing snippets of the inner-workings of putting together such an enigmatic album. Smashing Satellites recently unveiled their new single "What It's All About," along with announcing the official release of ...
- May 26, 2015 @ 09:06
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If you've been following Ryan Playground via our extensive coverage of her progression through her musical adventures, you must be aware that she's just about ready to release a brand new project titled RYAN where she focuses on her own compositions, including her memorable vocals. "Bird's Eyes" is the first single from this forthcoming EP, and it was released today. Stream and download it for free right here: Ryan Playground takes us to a place we've never been before. What will stick...
- May 25, 2015 @ 21:55
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There are so many reasons why a remake won't work. It could potentially destroy a legacy built in its own time, and not kindly. There’s a reason why a movie came out when it did and became the cult hit that it is today. Simply put, an original cult classic manages to capture the spirit of the generation in a perfect way creating the delicate balance between the plot and the ambiance. Remaking it and adapting the plot to a new generation is not an easy task, and barely ever succeeds in...
- May 25, 2015 @ 11:23
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The Notre-Dame De Grace neighbourhood has always been sort of a secluded gem of the west part of the city area of Montreal. If you didn't have a reason to go to NDG, chances are you were chilling some place else. There are tons of different sub-culture trends that emerged from NDG, including the english punk scene, skaters, and places like SubV encompassed the entire ideology of "art, life, culture" into one homegrown spot for people to hang out and get cool threads and cans to use for their...
- May 24, 2015 @ 23:50
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A midst one of my daily Instagram binges, deep into the world of Sally's best friend Tim's, girlfriend's mom's sister's account I found the profile of beloved Mindy Kaling. A comedian who is popularily known for creating and starring in the Fox network sitcom, The Mindy Project. Listed as her website was www.hotdudesreading.com, and little did I know what I was getting myself into. There's him, and him, so focused with his furrowed brow. Oh yes and this guy. I'll let you get lost...
- May 21, 2015 @ 10:07
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Last night marked the beginning of a new era as Juicyyy Lab launched with a bang in the city of Montreal. Eccentric entrepreneur Corey Shapiro, who is well-known for his legacy through Vintage Frames, Notorious Barbershop, (and his golden car) has teamed up once again with P-Thugg of Chromeo to create Juicyyy Lab, a fresh juice bar and healthy joint that is open to the public as of today: Saturday, May 23rd, in the St. Henri neighbourhood. A photo...
- May 23, 2015 @ 11:19
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