March is the month when Austin actually lives up to its self-anointed title "The Live Music Capital of the World," thanks to South by Southwest.
North Texas music fans should give thanks, too, as a flurry of bands play in our neck of the woods on their way to and from "South By." Here are 10 SXSW-related acts performing at 10 local venues.
Pierson Saxon, Sunday, March 10 at Allgood Café. It's a homecoming gig of sorts for Saxon, a promising soul-folk singer who cut his teeth at Dallas' now defunct Brooklyn Jazz Café before moving to Austin. allgoodcafe.com.
Kyle Emerson, Tuesday, March 12 at Andy's. The Denver singer bridges the gap between '60s Brit-pop and early '70s acid rock. He performs on a bill with Cali country-rocker Jade Jackson. andysdenton.com.
Dean Lewis, Wednesday, March 13 at Trees. He hasn't yet released an album, but the Aussie singer has already racked up tens of millions of YouTube views for his Ed Sheeranesque single "Be Alright." treesdallas.com.
Amy Wilcox, Thursday, March 14 at Prophet Bar. If the country-pop singer looks vaguely familiar, it's because she appeared in A&E's reality show about Nashville, Crazy Hearts. thedoordallas.com.
Lily and Madeleine, Saturday, March 16 at Main at the South Side. Indianapolis' answer to First Aid Kit, the folky Jurkiewicz sisters - who are both in their early 20s - are masters of sibling harmony. massfw.com.
Drivin N Cryin, Saturday, March 16, at Sons of Hermann Hall. Kevn Kinney and his Georgia band-mates are rightly hailed as alt-country legends. They've been at it since the '80s and have influenced hundreds of acts, including Denton's Slobberbone. sonsofhermannhall.com.
The Beths, Saturday, March 16 at Deep Ellum Art Co. Fronted by singer Elizabeth Stokes, the New Zealand quartet bashes out 24-karat power-pop songs with sardonic titles like "Future Me Hates Me." deepellumart.com.
Her's, Sunday, March 17 at Curtain Club. These two guys from Liverpool have a sense of humor, including traveling with a cardboard cutout of Pierce Brosnan. They've also got chops - especially Stephen Fitzpatrick, who sings falsetto one second and bass the next. curtainclub.com.
Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers, Sunday, March 17 at the Kessler Theater. Grace, one of rock's most notable transgender singers, leads this sharp punk-pop project while her main band, Against Me!, is on hiatus. thekessler.org.
Durand Jones and the Indications, Tuesday, March 19, at Club Dada. The neo-soul band from Bloomington, Indiana, boasts two stellar vocalists: high-voiced Aaron Frazer and the deeper, bluesier Jones. The show caps off a solid week of SXSW-related bands playing Club Dada. dadadallas.com.