For North Texas music fans, one glance at the March calendar can be enough to make your head spin like a record. Multiple-day musical gatherings, must-see concerts and a steady stream of eclectic sounds will be popping up all over, like sonic wildflowers.
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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.
Special to DFW.com/Velton Hayworth
Last year at South By Southwest in Austin.
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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
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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