Prince Rama at Comet Ping Pong Thursday, Dec. 20

A couple months before Fucked Up released its 2010 hardcore opera David Comes to Life, it contrived to introduce its fans to the album’s self-contained universe with David’s Town, a Record Store Day exclusive featuring songs by bands—all of them actually Fucked Up—purportedly from the town in which David Comes to Life takes place. As an appetizer—a low-stakes act of indie-rock pageantry—Fucked Up’s experiment worked, but with its new album Top Ten Hits of the End of the World, the moon-gazing Brooklyn synth duo Prince Rama has taken a bigger risk: This act of musical dress-up is the main course. So what of Prince Rama’s 10 imaginary bands, casualties of the apocalypse that have been summoned back to play their hits? I.M.M.O.R.T.A.L.I.F.E. does an exuberant New Order pastiche with “Those Who Live for Love Will Live Forever.” The screechy, motorik “No Way Back”—credited to Nu Fighters—should please fans of Psychocandy-era Jesus & Mary Chain. Not everything succeeds, but Top Ten Hits charms as a backdoor strategy for combining everything currently in vogue from the early ’80s—woozy synths, displaced vocals, tinny four-on-the-floor beats—with a few things that are not. You may not be a real band, Metaphysixx, but I love that Eddie Van Halen solo.

Prince Rama performs with Heavy Breathing at 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com.

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