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March musical forecast

Yes, Austin, there are great shows before and after SXSW

Peter Mongillo

Despite the flood of SXSW news, music in Austin continues to exist outside of those five days in March:

Hole in the Wall kicks things off with the Mother Hips and the December Boys (Friday). Next week, the venue hosts Shakey Graves, Hello Wheels, Cause in Effect (March 8), and Amplified Heat, Clyde & Clem's Whiskey Business, Rockland Eagles and more (March 10).

Emo's East starts with a slew of local bands: Soul Track Mind, Akina Adderley and the Vintage Playboys, Wiretree, Dana Falconberry, Not In the Face and Graham Wilkinson (Friday).

Next door at the Beauty Ballroom, Houston thrash metal band DRI headline with Legion and the Monk (March 7). A few nights later, rappers Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce da 5'9" appear together as Slaughterhouse (March 10).

Warren Hood and the Goods play the Saxon Pub on Saturday. Bob Schneider continues his residence Mondays. Bruce Hughes plays Tuesdays. Others include James McMurtry (March 10) and Guns of Navarone (March 23).

Hip-hop poet Saul Williams performs at the Mohawk (Saturday). Later it's a soul shakedown party with Akina Adderley and the Vintage Playboys, Nakia and Hardproof Afrobeat (March 31).

ACL Live is hopping, beginning with Earth Wind and Fire (Thursday). Gladys Knight performs Friday. Saturday, it's a change of pace with Megadeth and Motörhead. More guitar power closes the month with two nights of the Hendrix Experience, David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Robert Randolph, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and more.

The Cactus Cafe hosts local musician Kevin McKinney and Li'L Cap'n Travis (Thursday), then Eliza Gilkyson (Friday) and Sahara Smith (Saturday). Musicians celebrate the life of Townes Van Zandt with the annual TVZ Birthday Salute hosted by Butch Hancock (March 7). Other performances include fiddle phenom Ruby Jane (March 23) and a Monday residency from bluegrass group Wood & Wire.

At Antone's, David Ramirez and the Cartel perform with Holy Fiction and Cowboy and Indian (Friday). Sometimes Austin-based Shearwater debut new material from "Animal Joy," with local singer-songwriter Dana Falconberry and Marmalakes (Sunday). Austin electric blues duo the Ghost Wolves celebrate the vinyl release of their debut with White Ghost Shivers and Possessed by Paul James (March 8). Longtime Austin band the Scabs perform along with English Teeth and the Sweet Nuthin' (March 9). Kathy Valentine, Carolyn Wonderland, Marcia Ball and Rosie Flores gather for a tribute to Etta James (March 22). Ray Wylie Hubbard closes the month with the release party for "Grifter's Hymnal" (March 30).

Gina Chavez and Vallejo play the Continental Club (Thursday). The Relatives perform next week (March 9). Tuesdays in March belong to Alejandro Escovedo; Wednesdays, it's Jon Dee Graham and James McMurtry.

The big show this month at the Erwin Center (and maybe everywhere else) is Radiohead (March 7). At the end of the month, Jerry Jeff Walker brings his Texas Bash to the Paramount Theatre (March 31). Carrie Rodriguez performs the same night at Stateside at the Paramount. One World Theatre hosts singer-songwriter Raul Midon (Thursday), Guy Clark (March 13) and Paula Cole (March 23).

The ND starts March with Shivery Shakes' EP release (Saturday). Swedish metal band Truckfighters perform, with Eagle Claw, Midnight Ghost Train and Watching the Moon (March 8).

Simple Circuit, Black Gum, Woozy Helmet and Kay Leotard play Beerland (Thursday), followed by Sweat Lodge, SsserpentssS, the Well, Rhett & Dean and 69 Judas (Friday), and Boomtown (White Ghost Shivers), Ghosts of Texas, Deadtown and the Rough Riders (Saturday).

Hotel Vegas kicks off the month with locals including Rings Band, Scorpion Child, Blind Pets, Kay Leotard, Holy Wave, Floating Holidays and Psychic Palms (Saturday). The Parish hosts singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons with Noah Gundersen (Saturday) and Eisley (March 30).