Operators, 7 p.m. April 14, Studio at Waiting Room, (334 Delaware Ave.), $15-$17
Even with his cult indie band Wolf Parade finally ending its hiatus to work on new material, Dan Boeckner has managed to find the time to take another one of his bands on the road.
The busy Canadian musician, formerly of acts like Divine Fits, Handsome Furs and Atlas Strategic, is on tour with Operators to support its well-received debut LP "Blue Wave." The synth-driven record explores the darker, more paranoid side of new-wave, and features contributions from Boeckner's Divine Fits bandmate Sam Brown on drums.
Opening the evening will be the on-the-rise synth trio Humble Braggers. The three-piece is fresh off of the release of its new album "I Know Better, I'm No Better" through Buffalo-rooted label Admirable Traits.
Feverbox, 8 p.m. April 14, the 9th Ward at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $5-$8
Just across the street from the Waiting Room will be a solid local showcase tucked into Babeville's basement venue, the 9th Ward.
Local garage three-piece Feverbox is gearing up to celebrate the release of its self-titled EP. According to the band, the record will be six tracks of "up-beat alternative rock with a heavy dose of British invasion and post-punk revival influences." Sign me up. The recently shared lead-off single, the harmony-heavy "Victoria," can be streamed below.
Speaking of new music, Feverbox's openers have some of their own. Catchy pop-punk act Super American just unveiled its latest EP, the Take This To Heart Records released "Disposable," while the psych rockers of Deadwolf have been busy recording its debut LP "Heavy Heart." The retro group recently shared the new single "Half Man" will surely help fans pass the time.
Girl Jeans, 9 p.m. April 15, Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.), $5-$10
While tribute bands like Soul Patch and Kurt & the Loders have 1990s alt-rock locked down, Girl Jeans jumps forward about a decade to tackle everyone's favorite heart-on-your-sleeve genre: emo.
For its latest show, the group will focus on the music of genre heavyweights Brand New, covering tracks from the Long Island band's seminal emo albums "Deja Entendu," "The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me" and more.
Rounding out the bill will be sets from Apathetic and the Otherme.