Not checking out the scene in Austin this year? Then let SXSW come to you. Though more than 2,000 up-and-coming musical acts are set to hit the stage throughout the six-day festival (which starts Friday), we?re planning to go more low-key by waiting a week for many of the great bands to travel to the Dallas area. Here are a few shows we?re buying tickets for right now:

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds This eight-piece soul band from Brooklyn is fronted by Arleigh Kincheloe, who has a distinctly powerful voice. Check out ?The Long Way, ? which puts a modern spin on classic soul sounds. March 11 at 8 p.m., The Live Oak Music Hall, 1311 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth

London Grammar This British trip-hop trio released its debut effort last February. Their music is lush and melodic, and lead singer Hannah Reid sounds an awful lot like the fabulous Florence Welch. March 18 at 8 p.m., The Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave.

The Damn Quails This Oklahoma band has been described as ?young but with old souls.? With a roots-y influence, singer-songwriters Gabriel Marshall and Bryon White rely on strings and harmonica for a vibe that?s reminiscent of the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel. March 23 at 4 p.m, Love and War in Texas, 601 E. Plano Pkwy., Plano

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