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Three to see: Live music in Sacramento

Recognize these blokes, in a photo taken in 1965? Their music from that year will be hailed at Harlow’s on Sunday.
Recognize these blokes, in a photo taken in 1965? Their music from that year will be hailed at Harlow’s on Sunday. Associated Press file

Blind Illusion

Metal/thrash

8 p.m. May 1

Starlite Lounge

Off-beat Bay Area legend Blind Illusion launched in the late 1970s but never really made it out of the ’80s. Guitarist Marc Biedermann was the only stable member in a turnstyle of players that included a pre-Primus Les Claypool, who did a bass stint. Biedermann recently brought the group back from a two-decade hiatus with an evolved brand of thrash rock. The group’s crafty, thunderous progressive rock hooks and maniacal precision are too kinetic to lie dormant. This packed bill also features Condemned?, Solanum, Judhead and The Ghost Next Door. 1517 21st St., Sacramento. $8. www.starlitelounge.net

“Beatles ’65”

Pop/rock/tribute show

6:30 p.m. May 3

Harlow’s

When you take a gander at the list of chart-toppers the Beatles released 50 years ago, there’s a lot to be excited about for this Sunday’s ode to “every Beatle song recorded in 1965 (and maybe even a few from before).” Being a “Rubber Soul” guy myself, I’m jazzed for some “Norwegian Wood” and “Run For Your Life.” That was also the year of “Help!” Kevin Seconds, David Houston, Autumn Sky, the Ancient Sons and several others locals are on deck to offer up their stylized takes at this all-ages show. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $8-$10. www.harlows.com.

Helmet

Rock/metal

8 p.m. May 5

Harlow’s

Coming out of New York, Helmet seemed to zigzag in and out of the popular eye throughout the ’90s, but never became that top-tier rock act. With its murky, vacuum-sucked alternative metal, the band wouldn’t have found it a suitable role, anyway. Nevertheless, a noteworthy commemoration for 2015 is this current Helmet tour marking the 20th anniversary of their seminal album “Betty.” Doors 7 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $20-$22. www.harlows.com.

Looking ahead: Family of the Year. June 1 at the Boardwalk

Their contribution of “Hero” to the soundtrack of “Boyhood” has this L.A. indie pop rock act’s star quickly on the rise, with larger venues than the Boardwalk likely in its immediate future. 9426 Greenback Lane, Orangevale. $18. www.theboardwalkpresents.com.

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