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Three to See: Total Recall gets scary with Weezer tunes

Total Recall members, clockwise from upper left, Tony Bataska, Nathan Shields, Jeff Kwiatek and David Carl.
Total Recall members, clockwise from upper left, Tony Bataska, Nathan Shields, Jeff Kwiatek and David Carl.

“Halloweezer” withTotal Recall

Rock, ’90s tribute

10 p.m. Friday

Pour House

Talk about your all-time easiest Halloween costumes – all that Total Recall lead singer Tony Bataska needs to do is slap on a pair of thick-rimmed glasses and a paisley sweater, and he’s Rivers Cuomo. It’s an appropriate look for the energetic frontman, since the ’90s cover act will serveup Weezer’s self-titled “Blue Album” from start to finish. That means favorites “Say It Ain’t So,” “Buddy Holly,” “The Sweater Song,” with several other Weezer tunes and their usual stock of radio hits mixed in. They’ll take Halloween night right up to last call; and look out for a likely appearance from the brass players as well. 1910 Q St., Sacramento. No cover.

Zak Waters withFrench Horn Rebellion

Pop, electronic

7 p.m. Sunday


Not exactly a surprise to see a pair of TBD Fest alums holding court at LowBrau, but who knew it would happen this fast? It’s clear that co-owners and TBD gurus Clay Nutting and Michael Hargis have worked Sacramento into regular rotation for a healthy crop of electro-pop artists, such as heartthrob crooner Zak Waters, who could likely find a home on posters on pre-teens’ walls as easily as he would at a strobe-splashed dance club. Waters is on a co-headline tour with French Horn Rebellion, who at their last trip to LowBrau linked up with members of the Sacramento Ballet to collaborate on a music video for “Swing Into It,” alongside indie rockers Haerts. 1050 20th St., Sacramento.

Maps & Atlases with Finch

Indie pop-rock

6:30 p.m. Thursday


It’s difficult to tell how much time Chicago indie rockers Maps & Atlases spent diagramming the start of a band before they actually started playing music. It’s easy to envision this foursome holed up in a coin-op video arcade bar in Logan Square sipping PBR and protracting rock songs on cocktail napkins like some rock ’n’ roll subplot of “The Big Bang Theory.” The X’s and O’s of their song structure are meticulous and crafty, but through it all they somehow manage to have quite a bit of summertime-style fun amid their boozy overthinking. The group opens for indie rock stalwarts Finch, along with Weatherbox. 1000 K St., Sacramento. $20.

Looking ahead: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Nov. 26 at Sleep Train Arena

Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like lasers, flame bursts and beefy guitar solos that fell right out of the ’80s and into your stocking. Make no mistake, they’re the new holiday tradition. 4 and 8 p.m. shows. 1 Sports Pkwy., Sacramento. $35-$75.