Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump play San Francisco’s Hotel Utah 

Sometimes it really pays off to study a concert calendar more closely.

Say, for instance, the typically crowded April schedule of San Francisco’s hip Hotel Utah Saloon, where the night of the 15th lists two $20 shows from a certain Patrick Stump, one at 8 p.m., one at 10:30 p.m.

Yes, it really is the lead singer of Fall Out Boy, who’s just launched his solo career with a new synth-heavy EP, “Truant Wave,” preceding an upcoming full-length, “Soul Punk.”

While Pete Wentz might have unintentionally hogged all the band spotlight, it’s Stump’s remarkably R&B-flexible voice that really defined Fall Out Boy.

As the story goes, the ex-drummer never even wanted to sing in the first place — he was happy just sitting behind the kit. And he’s still tentative about flying solo — last November, he couldn’t decide which version of his debut single to put up on his website, so he put up both, “Spotlight (Oh Nostalgia)” and “Spotlight (New Regrets).”

Even his look has changed — long gone are the floppy newsboy caps that were once his signature, replaced by a more buttoned-down folksinger aesthetic.

He should do just fine on his own, but it’s worth a trip down to the Utah just to see which direction(s) he’s heading.

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