Photo via the Dead South
Canada's the Dead South is one of many bands playing San Antonio as part of SXSW's spillover.
Austin's South by Southwest pulls in musical performers from all over the globe, then pays them very little for the privilege of partaking in the massive industry showcase. Not surprisingly, many of those same artists line up nearby gigs so they can gas up their vans for the return trip.
Hence San Antonio's annual SXSW spillover, which gives fans a chance to catch up-and-coming acts without forking over big money for an armband or sitting in a festival-induced traffic nightmare. This year, in addition to some notable one-off shows, a bevy of multi-day festivals is drawing on SXSW talent.
Let's start with the festivals:
- Heatwave III: For the price of one $50 pass, Paper Tiger's Heatwave III lets concertgoers check out a rocking week of spillover shows, running Monday, March 12, through Sunday, March 18. Acts include The Coathangers, Dwarves, Broncho and U.S. Girls, among others. $50, 4 p.m., Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary's St., papertigersatx.com.
- Burger Revolution VI: California's Burger Records, in conjunction local promoters, is putting on its annual S.A. fest Saturday, March 10. California punks Pity Party and Phoenix alt-country outfit Drunk Jim Outlaw and the Neon Cowboys top a bill also stocked with San Antonio and Austin talent. Free, noon-2 a.m., Friends of Sound Records, 700 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 971-8044, friendsofsound.com.
- Imagine Fest III: Imagine Books and Records is running its own week-long fest Sunday, March 11, through Saturday, March 17. Chicago-based lo-fi popsters Advance Base and L.A.-based psych group Send Medicine join a roster deep with regional and local acts. $7 per show, 7 p.m., Imagine Books and Records, 8373 Culebra Road, (210) 239-7380, imaginebooksandrecords.com.
- South By St. Mary's: Jandro's Garden Patio will present 20 touring and regional bands during a pair of free shows Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18. Among the out-of-towers are St. Louis-based stoner riff monsters Brother Lee & the Leather Jackals and cheeky L.A. rockers Pacific Radio. Free, 6 p.m., Jandro's Garden Patio, 2623 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 736-0688, facebook.com/Jandrostx.
- SXBangBang: Bang Bang Bar gets into the spillover action with a week's worth of shows running Monday, March 12, through Tuesday, March 20. Saturday, March 17, includes a St. Paddy's Day rockabilly showcase, while the following night pairs two disparate L.A. performers, electro-dance punks WASI and honey-voiced pop singer Trishes. Price varies, 9 p.m., Bang Bang Bar, 119 El Mio Dr., (210) 320-1187, thebangbangbar-hub.com.
And don't forget these individual shows:
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- Divide & Dissolve: Australia's Divide & Dissolve, which uses heavy, doomy sounds to empower black and indigenous people, will drop in for a gallery show on Sunday, March 11. MEDUSSsa, Polly Anna and Yo Existo open. $6, 8 p.m., Movement Gallery/Galeria de Movimiento, 1412 E Commerce St, San Antonio, Texas 78205, (210) 299-2666, movementgallery210.com.
- Lil Xan: On Sunday, March 3, Alamo City Music Hall will host the California-based rapper, who charted with "Betrayed" then drew the ire of hip-hop fans for calling Tupac "boring." Advance tickets available from radio station 98.5 The Beat, 8 p.m., Alamo City Music Hall, 1305 E. Houston St., alamocitymusichall.com.
- Dead South/Hooten Hallers: Roots music will come to roost on Monday, March 19, when Canada's the Dead South pairs its old-time string music with Missouri-based the Hooten Hallers' mix of rock, blues and soul. $12, 7:30 p.m., 502 Bar, 502 Embassy Oaks #138, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com.