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Frontier Ruckus, Mandolin Orange Band

When: Tue., Sept. 14, 8 p.m. 2010

If there were ever a music-industry parody based around the struggles of an alt-country band, the name Frontier Ruckus—a firm typecast—would be a good fit. But this Michigan quintet is anything but conventional, shifting their banjos, guitars and the like with rhythmic playfulness that suggests jazz and writing like a descendent of Okkervil River and Destroyer. Like Fleet Foxes, or even locals Megafaun, Frontier Ruckus' smartly built tunes seem like a magnet stuck in the middle of indie rock and y'all-ternative. Mandolin Orange is the charismatic duo of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz, harmonizing on tunes both tender and tough; tonight, they add Drughorse rhythm lords James Wallace and Jeff Crawford. —Grayson Currin

Price: $10

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