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Barbara Schultz

Contributing editor Barbara Schultz writes about music production, audio education and studio design. She's also the managing editor of Electronic Musician and Keyboard magazines. Twitter: https://twitter.com/babbyjoschultz LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=69291777&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

Cool Spin: MacManus Brothers, 'Elephant in the Room'

As I write this, the MacManus Brothers are playing onstage at Kew Gardens, London, opening for their brother, Elvis Costello, and fans who scored tickets to see Costello solo are lucky and then some. Younger siblings Ronan and Ruairi have a marvelous new batch of original songs to share, Everlys-style. Their harmonies are sweet and gritty; the arrangements are guitar-centric, layered but very......

Cool Spin: The Black Keys, ‘Turn Blue’ (Nonesuch)

From the first gentle, languid guitar strums and shadowy keys, the new Black Keys album evokes the reaction: “Wow—very Pink Floyd.” And that feeling grows as the arrangement of track one, “Weight of Love,” unfolds in all its heavy, moody glory—even after Dan Auerbach’s vocals emerge, more than a minute in. Auerbach has said in interviews about this album that he and bandmate Patrick Carney......

Cool Spin: Lake Street Dive, ‘Bad Self Portraits’ (Signature Sounds)

East Coast quartet Lake Street Dive blends elements of jazz, soul and Americana to create an eclectic pop that’s hook-y yet deep. There are echoes of early Supremes, Jackie Wilson and maybe even Supertramp in the rhythmic arrangements behind the full-throated voice of singer Rachael Price. And there are plenty of unexpected moments, too—the odd spacey synth tone, trash-can drum solo or......

Cool Spin - CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Omnivore Recordings)

This is one of those reviews that could just be a track list. There are so many fantastic songs on the soundtrack to CBGB, the new movie about the legendary birthplace of New York punk. Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime,” the MC5’s “Kick Out the Jams,” Richard Hell & The Voidoids’ “Blank Generation,” The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog”—it’s quite a list. The tracks are also nicely sequenced......

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