SV vs. SVE. Though their eras of arrival are separated by a quarter-century, both Suzanne Vega, who plays Stateside at the Paramount, and Sharon Van Etten, who’s on the Mohawk’s outdoor stage, are distinctive New York singer-songwriters whose music pushes out the edges of rock and pop music while still remaining widely accessible. Vega made her mark in the 1980s with artful songs such as “Marlene on the Wall” and “Luka” and returned this year with her first album in seven years, “Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles.” Van Etten’s singing style is more emotionally immersive; on the new “Are We There,” her fourth album, she’s joined by a cast of guest musicians including Jonathan Meiburg of Austin band Shearwater. Stateside: $49-$64, 8 p.m., 719 Congress Ave., austintheatre.org. Mohawk: $15, 8 p.m. doors (Tiny Ruins opens), 912 Red River St., mohawkaustin.com. — P.B.
Jon Pettis tribute at Holy Mountain. The Bankrupt and the Borrowers frontman who died in a 2009 fire, is remembered by friends and former collaborators. East Cameron Folkcore, Clyde and Clem’s Whiskey business and Possessed by Paul James top the bill for what is sure to be a very special, emotional night. $10. Doors at 5 p.m. 617 E. Seventh St. holymountainaustin.com. —Deborah Sengupta Stith
Also: Charming English indie-pop outfit Allo Darlin’ plays the Mohawk inside. … Australian footballer-turned-folk-rocker Vance Joy is at Emo’s with James Young. … Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, collectively known as the indie-electronica duo Twenty One Pilots, plays the outdoor stage at Stubb’s. … Jagjaguwar Records indie-rockers the Cave Singers from Seattle are at Red 7 with Alex Napping. … Top options among local roots-music acts include blues guitarist Carolyn Wonderland at the Belmont with Patrick Sweany, singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave at Strange Brew and honky-tonker Dale Watson at the Broken Spoke.