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Frontier Ruckus, Mary Johnson Rockers & the Spark 

When: Thu., Feb. 14, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $10

At best, bands don't make transitional albums; their style morphs so the shifts don't seem conscious, so the seams don't show as effort. But that's the exception, while Eternity of Dimming, the third album from Michigan alt-country/indie rock chimeras Frontier Ruckus, reflects the rule. Having jumped from The Avett Brothers' launching pad of Ramseur Records to the more rock-oriented Quite Scientific, Frontier Ruckus has now de-emphasized the sad-eyed twang of its earlier successes, swapping it out for an Urban Outfitters-like stylized lilt. Matthew Milia still sings so sweetly (and doles out incisive observations), but the songs that support that sound are still in flux, their aim now clearly set on the au courant pole of their sound. Mary Johnson Rockers and The Spark open. —Grayson Currin

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