[ ROCK/POP ]
Brent Knopf, the mastermind behind Ramona Falls, constructs intricate, winsome, synth-laden indie-pop songs. He sings them in a gently bookish tenor. But on Ramona Falls' sophomore album, Prophet (Barsuk), Knopf confidently avoids sinking into polite, twinkling twee. The band's execution of his expert arrangements makes plenty of room for stormy drums, stinging guitars and dramatic swells. They're not kidding with a song title like "The Space Between Lightning and Thunder" — that's exactly where this music often resides. The title of "Sqworm" promises a '70s-prog-like epic, and the band manages to hit its mark in less than four minutes. And the power chords that burst in the middle of "Brevony" are practically metal, dude. Fans of studio perfectionism may also want to arrive early for openers The Darcys, whose remake of Steely Dan's Aja is available at thedarcys.ca.
Fri., June 15, 7:30 p.m., $10-$12, with The Darcys, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 215-291-4919, kungfunecktie.com.