ToDo ToDay: Prince Rama! Astro Doughnuts! Cumbia Jams!
On Top Ten Hits of the End of the World, the new album from moon-gazing Brooklyn synth duo Prince Rama, musical dress-up is the main course. On it, 10 imaginary bands—casualties of the apocalypse—are 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. Read more >>> Prince Rama performs with Heavy Breathing at 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com. (Jonathan L. Fischer)
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, opening in Metro Center in January, is popping up at Chinatown Coffee Co. today and tomorrow from 8 a.m. until doughnuts run out. Flavors you'll find both days include vanilla glazed, Brooklyn Blackout (devil's food cake, chocolate glaze, cookie crumbs), maple bacon, peanut butter and jelly, creme brûlée, eggnog cake, and panettone. Today only, you'll also fine banana nut, gingerbread, grapefruit, gianduia, and black and white. Prices range from $2.25 to $2.85. Chinatown Coffee Co., 475 H St. NW. chinatowncoffe.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Damn, Maracuyeah is good at partying. The scrappy DJ collective has released a new cumbia single from a group of D.C. artists—La Yorona, G-Flux, and Luis Torrealva—and tonight, it hosts a release party in honor of it. Listen to the track on Soundcloud (warning: at the time of this writing, Soundcloud was having technical difficulties), and party with them tonight at Tropicalia. More information on Facebook. 10 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW (in the basement). Free, 21-plus.
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