Being close to Austin certainly has its advantages at certain times of the year. In September, Dallas gets a lot of bands stopping through town on their way to and from Austin City Limits, and in March the same happens for South by Southwest. Usually for SXSW we just benefit from smaller bands, as the bigger artists hitting SXSW will just make special one-off appearances (whereas ACL is often in the midst of a summer tour). However, occasionally one of the big SXSW acts will also stop by Dallas and today we have just the announcement. New wave pioneers Devo - who will be headlining the BMI showcase Friday night of SXSW at Austin Music Hall - will be playing a tune-up show at the Palladium on Wednesday, March 18. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 AM though Ticketmaster, with a presale starting a day earlier (also at 10 AM).
A full list of SXSW "spillover" acts is coming soon.