“…delicate, finger-picked banjos, aching, oaky violin and the haunting voice of frontman Matthew Milia, who conjures what might happen had Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum been raised in a log cabin. Their songs are full of rich, rural details: frozen lakes, swaying trees, highway lights glowing in the deep night. Add to the mix baleful brass and trembling percussion, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for Gothic Americana.” – Rolling Stone

“Milia’s melodies have their own gait and sway, some of it created by the sheer volume of words they have to support…Yet the setting of his songs comes from its own place. While the music may flirt with mythologized notions of the rural and the rustic – as do all Americana albums – Milia’s words obsess on the most suburban images possible.” – New York Daily News

“The literate angst and spare, elegant sound of 2010’s Deadmalls & Nightfalls, powered by a handful of acoustic instruments… and some tactfully applied horns… suggests a middle ground between the Palace Brothers and Sufjan Stevens, but the effect feels more like the shared experiences of Midwestern brethren than any conscious borrowing, and Milia and his bandmates give this album a full and satisfying sound without sacrificing the open spaces that add so much to the power of this music.” – All Music Guide

“On the surface their music is a careful blend of folk and bluegrass, but below the obvious layer many fans sensed an intangible element ingrained within the notes and lyrics Frontier Ruckus, through some kind of rare ability, turned memories into melodies and transformed a from-the-inside-out examination of their native Michigan into a creaky back-porch storytelling session relevant well beyond the Great Lakes. Deadmalls and Nightfalls is a musical map to the psyches of its performers. You will want to know the words by heart to sing under the haze of summer starlight, alongside the roaming river, while drifting down forgotten backroads, and contemplating the causes and effects of urban sprawl.” – PopMatters

“Deadmalls and Nightfalls also paints pictures, in vivid imagery of American scenery, life, and love, with not a single word misplaced in its poetic grace. Deadmalls and Nightfalls is an album meant to be combed through and listened to time and again, an album to bask in.” – Under the Radar

“(Frontier Ruckus) brings a contemporary angle to its music, eschewing traditional tales of trains, whiskey and rambling for reflections on suburbia, family and ‘life on the edge of the interstate.’” – NPR Music

“…the band are at their blinding best.” – 8/10 – Uncut Magazine

“…one of the new century’s most exciting folk-rock bands’” – Cleveland Scene

“So what do banjos, dobros, trumpets, alto horn and a singing saw have in common? One wouldn’t think very much were it not for Frontier Ruckus, a citified quintet of rustic folkies whose name belies their mournful melodies. Though they hail from Detroit, their songs evoke the loneliness and isolation of a dust-blown prairie. It’s a feeling owed in large measure to vocalist Matthew Milia, a star in the making…However this is no downer. Even in the face of that pervasive yearning, Deadmalls & Nightfalls boasts an unassuming, unfettered appeal that grows more affecting with each successive hearing.” – Blurt


New York Daily News
Paste Magazine (Best of What’s Next)
Metro Times (cover story)
Rolling Stone (Bonnaroo)
NPR Music (Mountain Stage streaming live set + video interview)
Relix (On The Verge artist)
Albuquerque Local IQ
Lansing City Pulse (cover story)
iSPYYPSI (cover story)
Ogden Standard-Examiner
Metro Times (Motor City Rides)
Detroit Free Press
Cleveland Scene 2
Cleveland Scene 1
Oklahoma Gazette 2
Oklahoma Gazette 1
Indie College
Real Detroit
The State News
Revue (cover story)
Muzzle of Bees (video premiere)
KZUU (Washington State University)
Real Detroit (early feature)
Columbus Alive!
Heave Media
South Bend Tribune
Hear Nebraska
Michigan Daily
Dallas Observer
Houghton Mining Gazzette
Lansing Lowdown


American Songwriter
Ink 19
Mountain Stage
Hear Nebraska (Maha Music Festival, Omaha)
Kata Rokkar
Sounds Good Ink
Recoil Mag
LansingMusic.TV (Lansing, MI—video interview)
The Unified Theory of Everything (Akron, OH—lengthy interview podcast)
No Depression (Wakarusa 2011 interview)
Kilkenny People (Irish paper)
Notes from Mt. Pleasant (London interview on favorite records)
The Ozark Echo (Wakarusa interview)
Brand New Kind Of Photography (Chapel Hill interview)
Scene SC (7 Qs with Frontier Ruckus)
The Daily Times (Knoxville)
The Daily Beacon (Knoxville)
Draw Us Lines (Pittsburgh)
WHAS (Louisville, KY ABC affiliate news interview)
Yes! Weekly
Happy Days Are Here Again (Italian)
Lubbock Avalanch-Journal
Lake Orion Review
Real Detroit
A Teen View
Revue Magazine (Grand Rapids)
KSPC (Claremont, CA)
Bonnaroo.com (video interview)
Studio 865 (video interview at Bonnaroo)
Pandora (video interview at Bonnaroo)
The Observer (Notre Dame)
Arizona State Press
Tiger Weekly (Baton Rouge)
Guilt Free Pleasures
The Eastern Echo
Deep Cutz
Millefeuille (article by Matthew with French translation)
Muzzle of Bees (Sad Songs & Waltzes)
When You Awake (FR’s van mixtape)
Eating the Beats (recipe for “Davey’s Famous Biscuits and Gravy”)
Quad City Times (Rock Island, IL)
Kalamazoo Gazette
Metromix (Greenville, SC)
Independent Collegian
ABC-53 (Lansing affiliate, incredibly early TV interview)
Spartanburg Herald-Journal (Asheville show preview/interview)

In-Studio/Video Bloggy Performances

Daytrotter 1
Daytrotter 2
American Songwriter
Paste Magazine (live at Bonnaroo)
Paste Magazine 2 (live at Paste studios)
Paste Magazine 1 (live at Paste studios)
Brixton Sessions (London)
eMusic (New York City offices)
Halfway House Sessions
Hear Nebraska (live from an alley in Omaha, Nebraska)
The Quilted Attic (Lansing): 1, 2, 3
Fox 17 Morning News (Grand Rapids)
Metro Times (Detroit offices)
KDHX (in-studio audio, June 2011)
LansingMusic.TV (live from Landon Hall, East Lansing, MI)
Archive.org (Wakarusa 2011, entire show audio)
LCCTV (Lansing, MI)
Metro Times (dirt road, Ann Arbor)
KDHX St. Louis
WFPK Louisville
WMLB Atlanta
Phoning It In (BSR Providence, RI 2007)
Music Fog (Nashville, AMA Fest 1)
Music Fog (Nashville, AMA Fest 2)
Music Fog (Baltimore 1)
Music Fog (Baltimore 2)
Music Fog (Baltimore 3)
Visible Voice (live review and video, Boston, 2011)
Visible Voice (live review and audio recording, Boston, 2010)
Carolina Music Review (live video and photos from Boone, NC)
Harvey’s Kitchen 1 (Greensboro, NC)
Harvey’s Kitchen 2 (Greensboro, NC)
Studio 1400 (San Antonio, TX) 1
Studio 1400 (San Antonio, TX) 2
Studio 1400 (San Antonio, TX) 3
The Blue Indian (Macon, Georgia): 1, 1a, 2
SKYe Magazine (Starry Nights Festival, Bowling Green, Kentucky at sunset)
Impact 89FM 1, 2, 3, 4 (East Lansing, MI 2008)
Impact 89FM 1, 2, 3 (East Lansing, MI 2009)
Impact 89FM 1, 2 (East Lansing, MI 2010—Matthew solo)
Impact 89FM 1, 2 (East Lansing, MI 2011)
Metro Times (leftover videos from cover shoot around ‘Orion Town’): 1, 2, 3, 4
The In Store: 1, 2 (roaming the night streets of Terre Haute, Indiana)
Mostly Midwest (live recordings from the Upper Peninsula)
Studio 865 (live footage from Bonnaroo)
Wheat Thins! (Pop Up Performance at Bonnaroo)
Tennessee Shines (park performance in Knoxcville, TN)
Bonnaroo.com (Beard and Mustache Competition)
Local Buttah (live rooftop performance in Bend, OR)


Deadmalls and Nightfalls

All Music Guide
Metro Times
Real Detroit
Columbia Daily Tribune
The State News
No Depression
Heave Media
Radio Free Chicago
Performer Magazine
Impact 89FM
The Wenatchee World
Under the Radar
Stilllife (Dutch)
Brown Jug Music
Dirty Impound
Muzzle of Bees
Honest Tune
Record Dept.
Billings Gazette
Atlanta Metromix
Chewing Gum for the Ears
Music Savage
“You’re,” Not “Your”
Das Klienicum (German)
Ketelmuziek (Dutch)
CPS Consolidated

The Orion Songbook

Under the Radar
All Music Guide
Real Detroit
Metro Times
I Guess I’m Floating
Inland Empire Weekly
Captain Obvious
The Tuning Room
Ketelmuziek (Dutch)
Above the Fold

Blogs, Live Reviews, Miscellany, Etc.

eMusic (Best of 2010)
AllMusic (Best Folk Albums 2010)
Impact 89FM (Best Songs of 2010, #1)
Daytrotter (Best of 2010 Reader’s Choice)
Radio Free Chicago (Best of 2010, #1): 1, 2, 3
Visible Voice (Best of 2010, #1)
Examiner (Best Americana Albums 2010)
Muzzle of Bees (Best of 2010)
Draw Us Lines (Best of 2010)
Impact 89FM (Best of 2010): 1, 2
Dallas Observer (4 acts to follow in 2011)
Sunset In The Rearview (Best Artist Twitter Accounts of 2010)
SoundProof Magazine (Best Life Performance of 2010)
Wenatchee World (year-end FR love, metadiscussion on lists in general): 1, 2
Honest Tune (Top Albums of 2010)
Urban Agrarian (Best of 2010)
Confounded Fret Buzz (Best of 2010)
Brown Jug Music (Favorite Albums of 2010)
Love Shack, Baby (Best of 2010)
Radio Free Chicago
Love Shack Baby
Western Herald
News Spettacolo (Italian show preview for Varese, Italy)
Mostly Midwest (Way Upstate 2 [p]review)
Slowcoustic (Way Upstate 2 [p]review)
Hilly Town (live photos from Portland, Maine)
Muzzle of Bees (Madison live review)
Music City Roots (Music City Roots, Nashville live review)
Broken Headphones (Akron live review)
The Romeo Times (live review)
Country Roads Magazine (Baton Rouge show preview)
A. V. Club (Madison Rouge show preview)
Brand New Kind of Photography (Chapel Hill show review and photos)
No Depression (Wakarusa 2011 review)
Ozark Echo (Wakarusa 2011 review/video)
Twangfest (preview)
The New Current (London show review)
The Mountain Times (Boone, NC show preview)
High Country Press (Boone, NC show preview 2)
Clarion Ledger (Jackson, MS show preview)
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA show preview)
Gold Soundz (KDHX)
No Lies, Just Love (photos from Stockholm, Sweden)
Ignite News
Speakers Push Air (FR vs. the world)
Spartanedge (Lansing show review)
Timber and Steel
Radio Free Chicago (Seattle deadmall empathy)
Radio Free Chicago (follow-up)
PopMatters (CMJ live review)
Under the Radar (CMJ live review)
JamBase (photos from Joshua Tree Fest)
Hickory Wind (live review)
The Ann Arbor Chronicle (Live at The Ark review)
Indiana Daily Student (Bloomington live review)
Urban Agrarian (Bloomington live review/video)
The Goshen College Record
Uncle Patrick (lovely Omaha fan experience)
Venus Zine (SXSW live review)
New York Times (author’s list, Paper Cuts blog)
Chicago Sun-Times (FR “Seen On Scene” in Chicago)
Prince William Sounds (Eternity of Dimming)
Some Velvet Blog
The Late Greats
Music is Golden
Of Courtyards (Best of 2010)
songs: illinois
Herohill 1
Herohill 2 (review of I Am the Water You Are Pumping)
KVRX (Austin)
Buzzgrinder (prediction)
geoLibro (Christmas spatiality appreciation)
Pasta Primavera
Failed Case
No Depression (tours that include small towns)
Snarkcafe.de (German)
Tomtemaskinen (Swedish)
Ynet (Hebrew)
Music Will Save Us All (Greek)
Connect Savannah (Savannah, GA show preview): 1, 2
Creative Loafing (Charlotte, NC show preview)

Favorite YouTube findings

Frontier Ruckus Covers

Rosemont sung adorably by a little girl
Mona and Emmy in the woods
Mona and Emmy by a full band
Does Me In dock emulation
June Is Our Mother’s Name
Driving Home, Christmas Eve Dylanesque lyric card music video interpretation
Orion Town 3 with overdubs
Orion Town 3 with whistling
Nerves of the Nightmind sung by an entire class of 4th graders
Nerves of the Nightmind brown-bagging
Nerves of the Nightmind fingerpicked
Nerves of the Nightmind in darkness
Nerves of the Nightmind staccato
What You Are candle-lit group meeting séance
The Latter Days on mandolin
Dark Autumn Hour in mirror
Dark Autumn Hour on ukelele 1
Dark Autumn Hour on ukelele 2
Dark Autumn Hour on banjo
Dark Autumn Hour with Labatt Blue endorsement
Dark Autumn Hour beard
Dark Autumn Hour beardier (where did he go?)
Dark Autumn Hour during internet outage
Dark Autumn Hour left-handed
Dark Autumn Hour strummed

Fan Videos

Orion Town 2 (set to really pretty video of shotguns and clay pigeons)
Orion Town 3 (amazing promo for Portland, Maine show)
How Could I Abandon?

Favorite Arbitrary Live Captures

Various FR adventures in Noordbroek, The Netherlands
Mount Marcy rainy deck in Portland, Maine
The Upper Room in Boston in front of stage
Village Green Records Muncie, IN
Bed-Stuy Brooklyn house show: 1, 2


A young Matthew Milia being dragged through snow by his childhood dog for 90s local cable TV promo
Awesome synth cover of The Blood
Foggy Lilac Windows animals dancing
Orion Town 3 anti-smoking
A smiling Dutch woman sways to Frontier Ruckus in Noordbroek, the Netherlands
Funny promo for Banjo-B-Que Festival