March usually brings a flood of concerts tied in some way to South by Southwest, but this year, in addition to all of the festival spillover, there are several high-profile shows scheduled for North Texas venues that are happening apart from SXSW. Here are 10 can't miss concerts for the coming weeks. -- Preston Jones
Alejandro Escovedo at Kessler Theater
Although the Austin-based troubadour is no stranger to the DFW area, the opportunity to see the critically beloved singer-songwriter perform a solo acoustic show in a space as sonically inviting as the Kessler is something serious music fans simply cannot pass up. With Dan Dyer.
8 p.m. March 2. $20-$30; prekindle.com
Solange at 35 Denton
She may not fill stadiums around the world like her sister, Beyonce, but Solange Knowles is a pretty formidable talent in her own right. The Houston native has one of the year's best releases thus far -- her Dev Hynes-produced EP True -- and will bring her unique style to North Texas to headline the main stage of 35 Denton.
8 p.m. March 9. $25-$55 (single and multiday tickets available); prekindle.com
Alabama Shakes at Palladium Ballroom
Perhaps you saw Brittany Howard and her bandmates leveling Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago with their high-test brand of Southern smoked rock 'n' roll? Once you see Alabama Shakes in action, it's hard to feel unmoved, and the buzzy act will make its North Texas debut pulling tunes from its acclaimed first album Boys & Girls. With Michael Kiwanuka and Sam Doores & Riley Downing.
8 p.m. March 12. Sold out; axs.com
Muse at American Airlines Center
This British outfit has had some modest success in America, but nothing approaching its U2-like levels of fame across the Atlantic. Nevertheless, expect the AAC to be jam-packed with die-hard fans, something Muse cultivates with ambitious, musically dense records like last year's The 2nd Law.
7 p.m. March 13. $40-$65; ticketmaster.com
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at McFarlin Auditorium
The Australian music legend took a breather from writing bleakly beautiful screenplays to re-focus on music, which resulted in the just-released (and fantastic) Push the Sky Away. His return to North Texas for the first time in eons, unsurprisingly, sold out quickly, but the more enterprising fans may find a way in. With Sharon Van Etten.
8 p.m. March 14. Sold out; ticketmaster.com
Dwight Yoakam at Billy Bob's Texas
On the heels of his superb 2012 effort 3 Pears, the singer-songwriter and sometime actor is racking up the miles, and returning to North Texas for the second time in less than a year. Expect tight jeans, his magnificent voice and a rollicking batch of songs guaranteed to foster a good time.
10:30 p.m. March 16. $20-$45; tickets.billybobstexas.com
Alicia Keys at Verizon Theatre
The piano-pounding Keys has been everywhere the last few months: singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl in New Orleans, performing at the NBA All-Star game, designing sneakers for Reebok, becoming the face of BlackBerry, and, oh yeah, releasing her fifth studio LP Girl on Fire, which spawned her current tour. With Miguel.
7:30 p.m. March 17. $39.50-$129.50; axs.com
Lianne La Havas at Cambridge Room at House of Blues
Part of the boomlet of British neo-soul singers like Emeli Sande, singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas will stop through DFW on her way back from a very busy SXSW, where she'll be showcasing material from her debut album, last year's Is Your Love Big Enough?
8 p.m. March 17. $17.50, $20 day of show; ticketmaster.com
Eric Clapton at American Airlines Center
Slowhand isn't showing any signs of, well, slowing down as he eases into his late 60s. The guitar god is preparing Old Sock, his 21st studio album, which features covers of tunes Clapton has enjoyed throughout his life, for release next month. The record and its tour will feature the talents of Dallas guitar wiz Doyle Bramhall II. With the Wallflowers.
7:30 p.m. March 19. $59.50-$99.50; ticketmaster.com
Maroon 5 at American Airlines Center
Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no denying Maroon 5 has an almost supernatural knack for crafting melodies that burrow deep into your brain. How else to explain the unbroken string of hit singles, including the recent Daylight and One More Night, taken from the band's most recent LP Overexposed? Give up and get happy at this sure-to-be-packed show. With Neon Trees and Owl City.
7:30 p.m. March 21. Sold out; ticketmaster.com