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It’s almost Weezer time, Des Moines.

The beloved guitar pop group returns March 28 to Wells Fargo Arena, part of a one-night show featuring alternative staple the Pixies and heavy rock up-and-comer Basement.

The show comes in support of two albums released this year from Rivers Cuomo and company: “Weezer (The Black Album),” a poppy, piano-laced follow-up to 2017’s “Pacific Daydream” and “Weezer (The Teal Album), a debut covers compilation from the geek rock outfit.

It’s the second leg of a Weezer-Pixies tour that kicked off last summer in the heat of the band’s biggest Billboard success in a decade: A cover of Toto’s “Africa” that spawned from a 14-year-old fan launching a Twitter campaign asking the band to cut a take of the 1982 hit (seriously).

The cover extended beyond the Weezer-verse into mainstream radio, spending an inescapable 26 weeks on the rock airplay charts.

Read below as Weezer bassist Scott Shriner talks touring with the Pixies, covering TLC and “The Black Album.”

Weezer plays Des Moines for the first time since co-headlining downtown summer staple 80/35 Music Festival in 2015. The Pixies return for the second time in as many years, following up a sold-out performance at Hoyt Sherman Place last July.

Plain and simple: The new string of dates offered Weezer a chance to bring the one-two punch with the Pixies to cities that didn’t see it last summer. The tour pulls multiple generations of Weezer fans, Shriner said — an anecdote that “makes me feel my age a little bit,” he joked.

“We could easily do another tour,” Shriner said. “I guess we just didn't get to Des Moines last year with the Pixies. It’s a really good show. We had to bring it to Des Moines."

More: Pixies rip a career-spanning 40-song set at sold out Des Moines show

“Africa” snowballed into an 10-song cover album from the group that features Weezer-y takes of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky,” Toto’s “Rosanna” and more. The band dropped the album by surprise in January.

Shriner courted a take of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” for the record and lamented at the “super fun” live version of TLC’s “No Scrubs.”

“We did ‘Africa’ and we did ‘Rosanna’ not knowing anybody would care … except us,” Shriner said. “We just didn’t really know that people would be into it. Once that got successful, I think, we were like, ‘Well, screw it. Let’s do a cover album.’”

An album of new original material, “Weezer (The Black Album)” entered the band’s canon earlier this month. The band’s 13th studio album (and sixth as part of the colored collection), it finds Weezer exploring new pockets of pop-rock songwriting. Layered by harmonies and backed by hip-swaying bass lines, feature cuts from the record include “Can’t Knock the Hustle” and “High As A Kite.”

“The Black Album” appears on the band’s setlist, Shriner said, but there’s plenty of time dedicated to past favorites, such as “The Green Album,” “The Blue Album,” “Pinkerton” and “Make Believe.”

“I think we’re holding up pretty well in the fact we’re still making’ records, regardless if they piss old fans off or not,” he said. “We’re still reaching ... and trying things.”

“Dare I call us ‘bold.’”  

Weezer in Des Moines

When: 7 p.m. March 28 

Where: Wells Fargo Arena, 233 Center St. 

Cost: $29.50-$125 before ticketing fees 

More information:iowaeventscenter.com

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