by Andrew Sacher

photo: Operators at Central Park in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Dan Boeckner's band Operators have so far released an EP and a a stand-alone single, and now they just debuted five new songs in a KEXP session (recorded in November). They're bold, danceable pop songs, unmistakably Boeckner's work, and should be instantly satisfying to any fans of this band or his songs in Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs and Divine Fits. In fact, these might even feel more spirited than that first Operators EP. Watch the video below.

Operators are also touring this winter into spring, including a NYC show on April 21 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

As great as it is to have new Operators songs, our fingers are still crossed that Wolf Parade will return. They've been on hiatus since 2011, a year after the release of their still-excellent third album Expo 86. Last year was the tenth anniversary of their debut album (and mid-2000s indie classic) Apologies to the Queen Mary, which was celebrated with anniversary pieces, a party at Baby's All Right, and more.


Operators -- 2016 Tour Dates
02-17 Starlight Social Club Waterloo, ON, Canada
02-18 The Casbah Hamilton, ON, Canada
02-19 Call The Office London, ON, Canada
02-20 Detour Music Hall Saint Catharines, ON, Canada
02-24 Cha Cha Sainte-Thérèse, QC, Canada
02-25 Ritual Ottawa, ON, Canada
02-26 Red Dog Peterborough, ON, Canada
02-27 The Grad Club Kingston, ON, Canada
03-28 Chicago, IL Schubas
03-29 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue 7th St Entry
03-30 Omaha, NE Reverb Lounge
04-01 Denver, CO Lost Lake Lounge
04-03 Spokane, WA The Bartlett
04-04 Seattle, WA Sunset Tavern
04-05 Vancouver, BC Fortune Sound Club
04-06 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
04-08 San Francisco, CA Social Hall SF
04-09 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater Bar Stage
04-10 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
04-11 Phoenix, AZ Valley Bar
04-13 Austin, TX Sidewinder
04-14 Dallas, TX Three Links
04-15 Houston, TX The Raven Tower
04-16 New Orleans, LA Gasa Gasa
04-17 Atlanta, GA The Earl
04-19 Washington, DC DC9
04-21 Brooklyn, NY Baby's All Right
04-22 Philadelphia, PA The Boot & Saddle
04-23 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs