Second Stage: Little-Known Bands You Should Hear

Second Stage: Spirits Of The Red City

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Spirits of the Red City is a sprawling, nine-member collective that plays creaky but beautiful acoustic music, steeped in Americana. Despite the group's size, the band — which is scattered across Minnesota, New York and Alaska — plays with the airy intimacy and elegance of a minimalist duo, with wistful themes and relatively spare orchestrations: a simple cello line, a gently strummed guitar or a lonely fiddle. Spirits of the Red City singer Will Garrison has a whiskey-soaked voice that's a little weary but full of honesty and passion. I just love it.

This is one of the standout tracks from the band's new album, Hunter Moon. It's called "Fire."

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