The ever-prolific Dan Boeckner, of Wolf Parade, Divine Fits, and Handsome Furs fame, kept his latest project, Operators, under wraps for some time. But in August, the group — featuring Boeckner, Divine Fits drummer Sam Brown, and keyboardist Devojka — stepped out with its first recordings, EP1, one of the most surprising (and under-recognized) pop albums of the year. The throwback synthpop is an undeniably dancey and hook-heavy treat. Hints of Boeckner’s time in Divine Fits make their way into “Cruel,” a standout dance track sure to be one of the highlights of Operators’ live set.

Mon., Jan. 5, 8 p.m., 2015