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What’s My Favorite all about? “Fashion and fundamental things,” according to the Long Island, N.Y., quintet’s stylish singer-songwriter, Michael Grace Jr., in “Absolute Beginners Again.” The band certainly looks sharp in its neo-mod duds, but it’s the fundamental things that make the band so immediately and enduringly endearing. Detailing the hopes of youth, the thrill of being alive, and life’s many lost moments, My Favorite constantly kicks against the pinpricks of living. Cynics may say humans are ultimately doomed to failure, but there’s a deep beauty in fighting against it, and this is how the ’80s New Wave-influenced band shows itself to be ironic where others are merely kitschy. The band’s debut album, Love at Absolute Zero, is the culmination of years of dreaming and features one of the best pop singles the decade, the crunchy, rousing “Go Kid Go.” The record proves the band—besides Grace, synthesist-vocalist Andrea Vaughn, guitarist Darren Amadio, bassist Gilbert Abad, and one-named drummer Tod—to be a fluid unit capable of punchy power pop and sentimental melodies as well as twisting vocal interplay: Grace’s vox are as malleable as David Bowie’s, and Vaughn’s petite but impassioned voice is its perfect counterpart. See my faves, a captivatingly energetic live band, with the Teacups and Kitty Vermont at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, at the Galaxy Hut, 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-8646. (Christopher Porter)