Second Stage: Little-Known Bands You Should Hear

Second Stage: This Frontier Needs Heroes

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This Frontier Needs Heroes is another band that calls the young, indie epicenter, Brooklyn, NY, home. But after hearing the folk group's self-titled debut, you'd think the band was straight out of the old West. This Frontier Needs Heroes is a brother-and-sister duo, Brad and Jessica Lauretti. Having opened for bands like The Tallest Man On Earth, The Handsome Family, and Chairlift, This Frontier Needs Heroes plays what they dub "family folk." Their music ranges from simply arranged, heartbreaking ballads ("I Can't Do It All By Myself") to raucous foot-tappers, complete with rambling electric guitar solos and handclaps ("No More War"). Though it's the former that dominates the album, both call to mind vast and often desolate American landscapes. Their back porch sound is peppered with scratching violins, bass, and flute and ocarina flourishes, which add to the band's whole Western vibe.

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Jessica and Brad Lauretti of This Frontier Needs Heroes (photo by Andrew Tingle)

With its lonely acoustic guitar, Brad's desperate warble, and Jessica's open, airy harmonies, the album opener, "Firefly," provides a great introduction to the band's sound.

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