Lady Gaga is set to take over South by Southwest.

She'll play a comparatively intimate show on Thursday at SXSW, the annual music conference and festival that runs through Sunday in Austin, Texas. We're talking a 2,000-capacity venue, for a star who regularly fills massive hockey arenas.

In other words, good luck trying to score a ticket -- even if you're in Austin for the festival.

Yet, you don't have to be in Austin to watch this show.

The performance will be streamed at 10 p.m. (Texas time) Thursday at www.fuse.tv. The show will then be broadcast, on March 29, on Fuse.

The multiplatinum-selling pop star is also the SXSW keynote speaker -- a highly prestigious honor that has previously gone to the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed and Dave Grohl. She'll be featured in a keynote conversation, led by John Norris of Fuse, at SXSW on Friday.

Gaga will launch her fourth concert trek — dubbed the artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball — in early May. The tour hits the SAP Center on June 3. Tickets for that San Jose date are $35-$200, www.ticketmaster.com.

The tour is in support of the artist's third studio album, "ARTPOP," which sold more than 250,000 in its first week on shelves and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in November.

Gaga's previous road show was the Born This Way Ball Tour, which drew a full house to the SAP Center (then known as the HP Pavilion) in early 2013. Her three tours have combined to sell nearly 4 million tickets worldwide.

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