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Gold Motel

8 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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Power pop is the domain of awkward white males, but Gold Motel traverses the turf like it has the keys to the sugary kingdom. Led by singer and songwriter Greta Morgan (of the Hush Sound), the Chicago-based band has the drum sound of the Knack, the guitar tone of the Raspberries and the hooks of both put together, with Bangles-ish harmonies added in for playful measure. "I don't have forever, but I live like I do," sings Morgan on "Perfect in My Mind," the most irresistible, built-for-summer-radio song to ever feature toy piano on the bridge. Gold Motel doesn't make the most challenging music — if you like your indie pop tempered by lo-fi fuzz, look elsewhere — but the band doesn't need to. In its capable hands, smart, tart, dance-worthy singles sound like the soundtrack of forever.

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