When it all falls down (goth remix)

Man Ray demolition photos by Shaun Kelly

1. End of an era. Check David Day's latest "Circuits" column for news on what Man Ray DJ and Stephin Merritt accomplice Chris Ewen is doing now that the walls come tumblin down.

2. Ayo, what's rotten, Denmark?

Why, co-ed throwback rock, obviously. Comic-book psychobillies HORRORPOPS imagine what Betty Page would've sounded like if she'd been born in Copenhagen, raised on the Misfits catalogue, issued a Stray Cats' cover band, and forced to play Elvis tunes at gunpoint. Probably not worth buying on CD, but that jawn in the frightwig/miniskirt combo is ringing all our bells. Their neighbors in the RAVEONETTES, you may recall, fell for that middlebrow American steez: Phil Spector, film noir, pop art. Their new Pretty In Black is straight filthy, especially the begging-to-be-looped song video'd below. Tonight both bands play across town from each other, which probably doesn't even happen all that often in the old country: HorrorPops at the Middle East, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge 617.864.EAST And the Raveonettes with Radio 4 at Axis, 13 Lansdowne St, Boston 617.262.2437

LISTEN: Horrorpops, "Crawl Straight Home" (mp3 via Epitaph)
WATCH: Raveonettes, "Love in a Trashcan" (Quicktime)
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