Overlooked in so many ways by its more famous sister up north, San Jose has never been known as a musical hotbed. Yet, in the sleepy South Bay city, things are stirring lately, namely in the form of synth-rock group Operators. Best known as the latest project from Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs), Operators recorded their debut EP in the South Bay and made their first-ever life appearance at a guitar shop in San Jose. Devojka, the one-named electronic music specialist who is part of the band, grew up in Milpitas and is mainly responsible for the decision to make the band's home base in San Jose. While the group isn't exactly homegrown — Boeckner is from Canada — the response to their great new album, Blue Wave, is drawing attention to the band's roots and casting some much-needed positivity on music from San Jose.