The Nth Power opens for Dopapod at the Tralf on Nov. 18.

Relentless road dogs Dopapod will reward its considerable Buffalo fan base with a show at 8 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). The Boston-born future-funk ensemble is touring behind album number four, the progressive groove and jam collection “Never Odd or Even,” which has been widely hailed as Dopapod’s finest.

Recalling the creation of their masterpiece, guitarist Rob Compa celebrated the forward motion the project represented for the band, via

“We really felt that the material this time around represented a big leap forward, not just in the way we’ve been interacting as a band, but in the way our focus has become sharper in paying attention to things like melody, theme, lyrical imagery and structure – all the elements that make a great song,” he said.

“Never Odd or Even” is certainly packed with the elements Compa describes, but it’s on the concert stage that this material will be truly be tested, stretched, challenged and, undoubtedly, expanded. That’s exactly what happened last time, when the band was touring its “Redivider” album, and the stage at the Waiting Room became ground zero for some serious musical envelope-pushing.

Opening the show is Nth Power, whose debut full-length, “Abundance,” hits the streets a few days prior to the Buffalo show. Tickets are $16 advance, $18 day of show (box office, Ticketmaster).

– Jeff Miers

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