Weekly Set List: Must-see concerts March 29 – April 2

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Thao & The Get Down Stay Down plays the Fine Line March 30 // Photo via Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Facebook

March is coming to a close, which means that the next closest thing to “Rocktober” is upon us. April is easily the second busiest month for concerts in the Twin Cities, and this year is proving no different.

Operators | 7th Street Entry | Tuesday, March 29, 7pm

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Operators // Photo via Operators Facebook

While Operators’ Dan Boeckner is set to reunite with Wolf Parade in mid-May, he’s still focused on promoting his current project’s debut full-length album, “Blue Wave,” which is set to be released this Friday. The band put out an EP in 2014 and have toured quite a bit in that time, but this marks their first time to the Twin Cities. The trio’s electronic/synth driven songs are more in line with another of Dan’s previous acts, Handsome Furs, than the more anthemic guitar rock of Wolf Parade. $12 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down | Fine Line Music Café | Wednesday, March 30, 7:30pm

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Thao & The Get Down Stay Down // Photo via Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Facebook

Thao Nguyen started her musical career as a solo act 10 years ago, and has been involved with numerous critically acclaimed projects in that time. But it’s her latest band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down that has garnered her the wider acclaim she truly deserves. Often pigeonholed as “indie pop,” Thao’s musical style hops seamlessly between many genres, all while maintaining her captivating voice and persona. Their latest album “A Man Alive,” released earlier this month, was produced by Tune-Yards’ Merrill Garbus. $20 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Chairlift | Fine Line Music Café | Friday, April 1, 8pm

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Chairlift // Photo via Chairlift Facebook

Nearly a decade since their song “Bruises” was used in an iPod Nano commercial, Chairlift’s current style of synthpop is barely recognizable from the song that landed them on many people’s radar, and for the better. That’s not to say their earlier Stereolab-inspired work is without merit, but their latest release, “Moth,” is one of the more enjoyable albums of the year thus far and is a large leap forward in the band’s trajectory. $15 / 18+ / Buy tickets

Kitten Forever (Album Release Show) | Triple Rock Social Club | Saturday, April 2, 8pm

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Kitten Forever // Photo via Kitten Forever Facebook

Minneapolis lo-fi punk trio Kitten Forever have been a band now for 10 years, and just last week released their third full-length album, “7 Hearts.” The album is easily their most ferocious and focused work to date. Their official release show features a crazy packed lineup consisting of bands cut from similar cloth: Bruise Violet, Cherry Cola, and Royal Brat. The evening will be MC’d by local comedian Rana May. $7 / 18+ / Buy tickets

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