Backstage Pass: Prince Rama brings memorable, weird pop songs to the Backyard

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 1:26 p.m.

Who remembers the '80s? Ladies with big teased hair, wearing spandex and Reagan T-shirts while discussing how awesome the stock market's doing pretty much sums up the average American experience, right? That was great and all, but what about the music? Say what you will about synthesizers and drum machines, beneath all that glam veneer was some pretty awesome tunes.

Now, fast-forward 25 years to the present. It's not all that different is it? All the pop hits burning up the current charts are over-produced, narcissistic tributes to excess. Even rock music is in a lull. So what makes Prince Rama, from Brooklyn, N.Y., so different?

The duo sounds like what might've happened if New Order and David Bowie circa “Labyrinth” time-traveled to 2113, learned how to make insane music, did a lot of drugs and typed the wrong date into a time-traveling DeLorean to land right here in 2013.

These two women are tastefully doing what so many artists should be doing: making weird pop songs that you actually remember. “Those who live for love will live forever” off of their latest album, “Top Ten Hits for the End of The World,” sounds like a dream, then a nightmare and then a dream again, and it finishes on the worst/best acid-flashback of your life.

The duo comes to Boca Fiesta's Backyard to promote not only its latest album, but also a new film version of its psych-opera, “Never Forever,” which will be screening tonight, starting at 9 p.m.

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If you'd rather support a local radio station instead of getting your mind blown, head down to High Dive tonight and show some love for West Palm Beach's Making Faces, who performs with Tampa's ...Y Los Dos Pistoles and locals Big Boat and Aleutian Low, starting at 9 p.m.

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The very danceable local septet, Fast Lane, performs Friday at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza downtown, starting at 8 p.m.

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The Dixie Desperados perform with Mike Boulware and Family at High Dive on Saturday, starting at 9 p.m.

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One of Tampa's best trios, Merchandise, performs with Milk Music and Destruction Unit on Saturday at The Atlantic, starting at 9 p.m.

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Californian indie-folk/rockers The Mountain Goats plays some tunes Sunday, along with The Baptist Generals, at High Dive starting at 7 p.m.

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