When the recording of Menomena's Mines came to loggerheads, Brent Knopf bid the band adieu and embarked on this solo project that is now a full band. Hard to peg into one particular category, Ramona Falls grabs pieces from already-hypenated microgenres (electro-folk, indie-pop), adds more hyphens, and mashes them together while stripping away nearly all of the inherent hippie-ness. It plays out much like a Xiu Xiu album with the forced weirdness dialed down to a manageable level. Knopf adds copious acoustic guitars and just enough curveballs to keep things interesting while not losing out to each song's urge to become the soundtrack for an art-school film short. A veritable tempest of key signature changes, off-time percussion bursts, and the occasional guitar shredding converge to create one of the most intoxicating audio experiences in recent memory. You never know what's coming during a song, even a few seconds before it happens. With the Darcys. 18+. (Photo by Melani Brown)
Tue., June 5, 8 p.m., 2012
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