There was a lot of great music to choose from for this month's mixtape, but we've hand-selected songs from the most exciting artists heading into town in March. The Houston Rodeo is treating us to an eclectic range of acts, bringing in artists like the easygoing R&B singer Alicia Keys (March 10, NRG Park) and the classic country voice of Willie Nelson (March 18, NRG Park). If you'd rather not pair your live music with deep-fried Oreos or animal exploitation, consider taking advantage of one of the many SXSW acts who are making a foray into our fair city. Go listen to the bright and dirty electropop sounds of Elle Exxe (March 12, Notsuoh) or the riot-grrrl revival of Potty Mouth (March 13, White Oak Music Hall).
As always, make sure you get out and see shows for Texas's finest musicians. This month, try roots-rockers Shinyribs (March 30, Rockefellers), Houston's own '80s dance-pop group Camera Cult (March 18, Satellite Bar), or the H-town indie-rock expats of Austin's A Giant Dog (March 3, Satellite Bar).
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