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Saturday music picks: Drake vs. Lil Wayne, Pinback

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Drake vs. Lil Wayne at COTA. There’s no bitter rivalry or beef between Drake, one of the hottest rappers du jour, and Lil Wayne, the elder statesman and mogul who signed him to his Young Money label five years ago, but don’t get it twisted: This show is actually a battle of sorts. With no headliner on the bill, the two rappers have been interspersing alternating solo sections with good-natured verbal sparring at the shows. The tour has a companion app that fans can download to score each battle and a winner will be crowned at the end of the show. Boston went to Weezy and Drake took NYC. The NOLA heavyweight might have an edge on the Canadian crooner in Austin (Dirty South, y’all), but it could be anyone’s night. $35-$125.50. 7 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith

Also: Prog-rock trio Pinback plays the Mohawk’s outdoor stage with fellow Californians Tera Melos opening. On the indoor stage later, Tennessee roots-rocker Cory Branan features songs from his new Bloodshot Records disc “The No-Hit Wonder” with openers Seth Sherman & Devon McDermott (of Tinnarose) and Anthony Da Costa. … Former “Last Call with Carson Daly” bandleader Joe Firstman brings his group the Cordovas to Lamberts. … Funky (Phunky?) NOLA groovers Earphunk drop their booty moving jams at Parish. … Local psych pop band Sour Notes celebrate the release of their new album “Do What May” at Cheer Up Charlie’s. … Celebrate Brazilian independence at the Scoot Inn with Fusca XR3, Austin Samba and Seu Jacinto. … 1980s Austin alternative-rock faves the Reivers are at the White Horse with Walter Daniels & Ralph White. … English folk singer Sarah McQuaid performs at 7 p.m. at the Austin Acoustical Cafe in the Austin Recreation Center adjacent to House Park stadium. … KDRP “Sun Radio” revives its Saturday Night Concert Series from 7 to 9 p.m. with Vallejo at the Hill Country Galleria Amphitheater. … Strange Brew offers up two shows by compelling local female singer-songwriters with Giulia Millanta at 8 p.m. and Charlie Faye at 10 p.m. … Honky-tonk is the order of the night at the Continental Club, with Rosie Flores and Jesse Dayton delivering a one-two kick. … Local indie quintet Young Tongue, rising from the ashes of the Baker Family, headline a Holy Mountain bill that also includes PBLC, Supermoon, Field Dress and Ichi Ni San Shi.