When June of 44 drops anchor at the Black Cat tonight, expect nothing more than the best from the fine, seaworthy fellows. The band’s second album for Quarterstick, Tropics and Meridians, resonates with all the tension-release and careful harmonic construction that marked its first. Think of the bass and drums as compass points, around which the two guitars boldly navigate intricate paths, sometimes merging with discordant passion, other times passing gently, like ships in the night. Toronto’s Hayden has a knack for exploration as well. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter cultivates loneliness like a flower in the desert, writing starkly emotive yet often humorous songs centered on awkward amorous encounters and the difficulties of living in his parents’ house. Neil Young would be proud of this one. With the Crownhate Ruin at 10:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St., NW. $6. (202) 667-7960. (Amy Domingues)