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Music Picks for March 14-16: St. Patrick’s Day Goes Ludacris, SXSW Spillover, and More

Spring Break may be coming to a close, but luckily we all have a few more days to soak up the rest of this wonderful weather. Here are some of this weekend’s events to help you get the most out of this sunshine:

Friday, March 14th:

St. Vincent: Long before penning her 2007 debut Marry Me, St. Vincent (real name: Annie Clark)  toured the world as part of the twenty-piece choral rock group The Polyphonic Spree and worked closely with Sufjan Stevens as part of his backing band. 2014 saw the release of her fifth album, the art rock/noise pop infused St. Vincent. Critically acclaimed by peers and commentators in indie pop, Clark has earned reviews comparing her to Kate Bush and David Bowie, and has been celebrated for bringing a new, unorthodox style to indie pop music. As part of her Digital Witness tour, she’ll be performing at the House of Blues.

Junior Brown: With a career spanning over two decades, country singer and guitarist Junior Brown has entertained many with his special brand of country and Americana, as well as his legendary “guit-steel” double neck guitar. His 2012 release, Volume Ten, still keeps this innovator on the road and in the venues of all types of country music fans. Tonight, you can find him at the Granada Theater, serving up new and longtime favorites.

South by So What?!: This Dallas-based festival may be known for their annual scheduling clash with Austin, but its real influences hail from Warped Tour and Bamboozle, two of the biggest celebrations in punk music. Dedicated to bringing the best in metal, pop, electronica and more, the festival enters its seventh year as a haven for punk-pop’s most celebrated bands and the fans who love them. This weekend’s event will take place in its newest home at Quik Trip Park in Grand Prairie, and will expect performances from Bring Me the Horizon, Taking Back Sunday, The Used, and more.

Saturday, March 15th:

St. Patrick Day Concert with Ludacris: Housed within the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival, the Dallas Observer St. Patrick’s Day Concert is already sporting rhymes from hip-hop favorite Ludacris, who will take to the stage at Energy Square on Greenville Avenue. However, one should  expect performances from plenty of local game changers, including Party Police, Sam Lao, and Home by Hovercraft. The concert kicks off at 12:30pm on Saturday, and will conclude with Ludacris’ performance in the evening.

Sunday, March 16th:

Spillover Music Festival: Those still experiencing South by Southwest withdrawals might find some comfort in the Spillover Music Festival, who appropriately describes itself as a “Sunday-after-SXSW show.” The show aims annually to bring the best in indie rock and pop to the Dallas area for all to enjoy. Hosted in Club Dada, this year’s lineup includes Ty Segall, Dum Dum Girls, The Orwells, Marijuana Deathsquads and more.

La Luz and Speedy Ortiz:  These two indie rock favorites will join forces to headline a night of music at the Live Oak Music Hall and Lounge in Fort Worth. Pile, Animal Spirit, and Big Ups will kick off the show at 6pm as support.

Jagwar Ma:  Their 2013 deubt, Howlin’ introduced an entire indie psych-pop fan base to this Australian experimental/dance import. Receiving acclaim from alternative music journalists and peers, Howlin’ was propelled the band into touring with indie pop powerhouse The XX and onto the dance music circuit. Their North America tour will make a stop at Dan’s Silverleaf for the night, where indie rock band Empires and Nite will support.