Weekend music picks: Lauryn Hill and Nas, War on Drugs, Wilco

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Lauryn Hill performs in concert at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q on May 2, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Saturday: Lauryn Hill, Nas at Austin360 Amphitheater. Here’s a solid bet for fans of lyrically fierce ’90s hip-hop. Over the past decade Hill’s performances have been notoriously inconsistent and frequently tardy. The last time we caught her, in the final moments of the final Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2015, she was brilliant, transcendent. Her set had a hard curfew of 10 p.m. and she actually started a couple minutes early. The last time she played Austin, when her “Diaspora Calling” tour hit ACL Live last fall, she was reportedly good, but late to hit the stage. Fans who caught recent performances from Hill in Atlanta and in Pittsburgh fared worse. Nas, who headlined Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2014, is, and has always been, “half-man, half amazing.” Chronixx opens. $31.50-$131.50. 7 p.m. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. austin360amphitheater.com. — D.S.S.

Saturday: Paul Kelly, Jess Cornelius at 3Ten. Arguably Australia’s most respected and accomplished singer-songwriter since the 1980s, Kelly released a new record over the summer titled “Life Is Fine” that, against all odds, became his first-ever album to top the Australian charts. He’s generally flown a bit more under-the-radar in the States, but those who find their way to his music tend to end up followers for life. $20-$25. 8:30 p.m. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 3tenaustin.com. — P.B.

Saturday-Sunday: War on Drugs at Stubb’s outdoor (first night sold out). It’s a tough call as to whether Adam Granduciel’s band War on Drugs has done better than alumnus Kurt Vile (who has a sold-out show in November at ACL Live with Courtney Barnett). Both have continued to make fascinating rock music, with War on Drugs pushing toward the epic emotionalism of the Waterboys and Springsteen on their fourth album, “A Deeper Understanding.” Land of Talk opens. $36-$38. 7 p.m. doors. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com. — P.B.

READ MORE: Review of the War on Drugs’ 2015 “Austin City Limits” taping

Sunday: Wilco at Bass Concert Hall. Exactly what kind of mojo landed Wilco, the Flaming Lips and the War on Drugs in town on the same night a week before ACL Fest is a mystery, but for die-hard indie-rockers, it’s a sensory overload. Jeff Tweedy’s band, once notorious for frequent lineup changes, has found stability over the past decade thanks to a crew that backs up his ever-changing musical interests with sympathetic yet dynamic instrumentalism. Bob Schneider opens. $42.50-$79.50. 7:30 p.m. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org. — P.B.

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Friday

Matchbox Twenty, Matt Nathanson at HEB Center

Dwight Yoakam at Nutty Brown Amphitheater

Black Pistol Fire, Possessed By Paul James, Migrant Kids at Emo’s

Big Thief, My Golden Calf at Mohawk outdoor

Monk Parker album release, Adam Torres, Thor & Friends at Mohawk indoor

Pinegrove, Florist, Lomelda at Barracuda (sold out)

Lonnie Smith Trio, Ike Stubblefield Trio at Antone’s

Darden Smith at 3Ten

Branches, Lunice at Vulcan Gas Company

Dada, Brian Whelan at Sidewinder

Griffin House at Cactus Cafe

Whitey Johnson, Blues Specialists at Continental Club

Joe King Carrasco at Threadgill’s South

Bubble Puppy at El Mercado Backstage

Otis the Destroyer EP release, Slomo Drags, Honeyrude, Dr. Joe at Hotel Vegas

Royal Knaves EP release at Come and Take It Live

Sour Bridges, Watters, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Harvest Thieves, Paul Nipper at ABGB

Carson McHone, Devin Jake at White Horse

Leo Rondeau, Altamesa at Sam’s Town Point

Kelley Mickwee at Geraldine’s

Wendy Colonna, Leeann Atherton at One-2-One Bar

Adrian Ruiz Quintet, TripTrio with Lissa Hattersley at Elephant Room

Cowboys & Indians at Lake Hills Community Park

Friday-Saturday

Kaleo, ZZ Ward, Wilder at ACL Live (night one sold out)

Friday and Monday

Father John Misty, Weyes Blood at Bass Concert Hall (night one sold out)

RELATED: Review of Father John Misty’s “Austin City Limits” taping in August

Saturday

Pvris, Lights, Party Nails at Emo’s

A.J. Croce at Stateside at the Paramount

Cribs, Paws at Antone’s

Trippy Turtle at Empire

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Sailor Poon at Mohawk outdoor

Josh T. Pearson, Jonathan Terrell at Cactus Cafe

Beat Root Revival, W.C. Clark at Saxon Pub

Max Frost at Belmont

The Dig at Barracuda

Whitney Rose, Aaron McDonnell at White Horse

Jason Roberts at Broken Spoke

Jubal Fest at Giddy Up’s

Latin at Heart, Alex Ruiz at Threadgill’s South

Broken Things, Lance Keltner at El Mercado Backstage

Pleasant Grove, American Werewolf Academy at ABGB

Lost Counts, Michael Fracasso at Continental Gallery

Cornell Hurd Band at Driskill Bar

Sunday

Flaming Lips, Mac DeMarco at ACL Live (sold out)

SZA, Smino, Ravyn Lenae at Emo’s (sold out)

BoDeans acoustic at Texas Union Theater

Early November, Movielife, Heart Attack Man at Mohawk outdoor

Soul of a Musician series with Jaimee Harris, Bonnie Whitmore at Iron Cactus North

Hilary York, Aimee Bobruk, Mike Stinson at C-Boy’s

Kevin Lovejoy Trio at Lamberts

Lavelle White, Ulrich Ellison at Antone’s


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