Two shows you oughta know:
(1) Frontier Ruckus is one of those indie-rock-infected folk rock bands — a bit rustic, a tad intellectual and a smidgen sensitive — so it's no surprise that they're Southeast Engine's favorite band. Spending some minutes with the Michigan ensemble's debut The Orion Songbook is like having Matthew Milia and Anna Burch perched on stools in your living room, flanked by bandmates, singing sad songs that belie the "Ruckus" name. They're opening for William Elliott Whitmore tonight at The Basement, 391 Neil Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m., and it costs $10.
(2) I'm indifferent about dream pop practitioners Asobi Seksu (that's Japanese for "fun sex"), but they've critical darlings, so maybe you'll dig it when they're at Skully's, 1151 N. High St., tonight at 8. That one also costs $10 at the door.