Appealing to fans of Sarah McLachlan, Nickel Creek and Regina Spektor alike, SHEL gets its name from the four sisters who comprise the group: Sarah (violin, bass), Hannah (piano, keyboards, accordion), Eva (mandolin, cello, guitar, banjo), and Liza (drums, beatboxing). All four sing; they were all classically trained and homeschooled by a professional songwriter father and an artist mother. What comes out when they join forces is at once wholly organic but also delicately beautiful – a latticework of chamber-pop that connects the dots between bluegrass, the Roches, Philip Glass and Led Zeppelin.
Otan Vargas’s candid, melancholy songs are likened to those of Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. The Filipino-born New York City-based artist has been championed by Staind frontman Aaron Lewis, who discovered Vargas on video covering one of his songs. Lewis later invited Vargas onstage at the Music Box Borgata Hotel and Casino to perform Staind’s “It’s Been Awhile,” his rendition eliciting a standing ovation from the crowd. Shortly after, Otan Vargas released his full-length debut album, “Alone.”
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