It’s hard to define the band SHEL, a quartet of sisters born within five years of each other. They each bring their own unique influences — Bob Dylan, the all-acoustic bluegrass group Strength in Numbers, Led Zepplin, Alt J and the more classically-focused Bach, Chopin and George Gershwin — to the table.
If one were to try to put a label on the band, though it may be an exercise in futility, they would land on indie-folk. Think Haim, but less pop rocky. Their sweet-as-honey vocals combined with light, airy instrumentation — mandolin, violin and keyboards — are the perfect soundtrack to drift through a hot afternoon in America’s heartland.
“In The Year 2000” (It sounds better if you have Conan say it with a flashlight under his chin), Cameron Crowe released the film Almost Famous. Philip Seymour Hoffman played the character “Lester Bangs,” a reluctant mentor to the main character “William Miller.” Miller shows up, bright eyed, bushy tailed and very, very young...
Historically, the 1500’s were an interesting time but the jury is still out on whether or not they were that great time to have lived in. But there was this dude, Michelangelo (ever heard of him), who wascommissioned to build a bronze horse for Pope Julius II only to have it melted down for a cannon....
Michelangelo Buonarroti said, “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” If you don’t know who that is, he was the ninja turtle with the orange mask. The man’s an artist with nunchakus...
The Bones of J.R. Jones