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Little Gold with Lovey Dovies 

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Christian DeRoeck didn't exit his two bands, Meneguar and Woods, on his own terms. The Brooklyn singer/songwriter was "instructed to leave," he revealed on his blog (oldbabytime.blogspot.com) last August, "due to my complete inability to kick the horse once and for all." The post was intended as an introduction to his new group, Little Gold. But like much of DeRoeck's music, it snuck a sucker punch. "Right around the same time I was dumped by the love of my life for pretty much the same reason," he continued. "Can't say I blame any of them." If this is starting to sound like a country song, that's because it is: The forced breakups form the base of every track on Little Gold's 2009 debut, On the Knife, a gauzy hanky of an LP whose first-person confessionals dab the corners of DeRoeck's navel-gazing twang. No longer tearing up on follow-up 7-inch Completely F—ked! (Heart Break Beat), he's now tearing it up, ripping through an energetic, unassuming set with the same haggard voice but a hound dog's nose for head-bopping power pop and propulsive '80s-rock sing-alongs. Good luck keeping up with the "woah-oh"s and "woo-ooh"s. Lovey Dovies, Opposable Thumbs and Fast Boyfriend open. Tickets $5. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Aug. 26

Little Gold with Lovey Dovies

9 p.m. Thursday

AllWays Lounge, 2240 St. Claude Ave., 218-5778; www.marignytheatre.org

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