[INDIE-POP STARS] STRFKR's two-year absence was finally broken with the February release of "Never Ever," its first single since relocating from Portland to Los Angeles. It's a warm, gooey, synth-heavy indie-pop record that reminds us just how much we want to dance, which is what the band has been doing since it began, back when frontman Josh Hodges started playing local house-show gigs as a solo synth-and-drums act back in 2007. Through four albums and great success as a touring band, not to mention several name changes—Pyramid to Pyramiddd, and back to Starfucker and the more marquee-friendly STRFKR—the group has continued to hone a uniquely groovy sound that's all its own. And damn, it's good to have them back.

STRFKR plays Saturday at 4:55 pm

(Amy Churchwell)