Ca-razeeee weekend for shows!

Haim at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct. 24 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Haim at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct. 24 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Maybe you’ve heard of a little something called the Sasquatch! Festival? Happens every Memorial Day long weekend at the Gorge Amphitheatre down south in Washington State. Well, whether you have or haven’t, all you really need to know is that the three-day annual event brings a bounty of acts north of the border for Vancouver music fans to check out.

This year is no exception, as the city’s clubs and bars will be stuffed full of great talent over the weekend (especially Friday and Saturday). Heck, if someone was smart and more organized, he or she might even organize a mini-festival around all the bands that come here every time around this year. Maybe for 2015? Anyway, here’s a guide to what’s happening. You’ll have no excuse to not see some incredible music!

Thursday May 22

People Under the Stairs (Fortune Sound Club, 147 E. Pender St.) – Los Angeles hip-hop duo on tour for new album 12 Step Program. Advance tickets $20 here.

Daniel Wesley (The Imperial, 319 Main St.) – White Rock, B.C.-based singer/songwriter Wesley plays a Music Heals show with Vancouver’s City Walls. Advance tickets $25 here.

Die Antwoord (Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St.) – South African band on tour for third full-length aural provocation, Donker Mag. Sold-out.

Die Antwoord at the Commodore Ballroom, Oct. 12 2010. Ashley Tanasiychuk photo.

Die Antwoord at the Commodore Ballroom, Oct. 12 2010. Ashley Tanasiychuk photo.

Friday May 23

Elbow (Commodore) – Genesis-loving English rock band on tour for new album The Take Off and Landing of Everything. Sold-out.

City and Colour (Deer Lake Park, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby) – Singer/songwriter-ly angst from Canadian rock musician Dallas Green. Advance tickets $47 here.

City and Colour at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, Jan 19 2012. Tamara Lee photo.

City and Colour at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, Jan 19 2012. Tamara Lee photo.

Cut Copy (Malkin Bowl, 610 Pipeline Road, Stanley Park) – Australian electronic pop band on tour for latest Free Your Mind. Tickets $34 here.

Cut Copy at the Vogue Theatre, Oct 7 2011. Tamara Lee photo.

Cut Copy at the Vogue Theatre, Oct 7 2011. Tamara Lee photo.

First Aid Kit (Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St.) – Acclaimed Swedish sister folk duo on tour for new album Stay Gold. Advance tickets $25 here.

First Aid Kit and Peggy Sue at Venue, Vancouver, April 10 2012. Jordana Meilleur photo.

First Aid Kit and Peggy Sue at Venue, Vancouver, April 10 2012. Jordana Meilleur photo.

Chet Faker (Fortune Sound Club) – Australian electronica musician Nicholas James Murphy. Advance tickets n/a.

Brody Dalle (Venue, 881 Granville St.) – Former screecher with The Distillers. Recently recorded a song with Garbage’s Shirley Manson. Sold-out.

Brody Dalle with Spinnerette at Call the Office

Brody Dalle with Spinnerette at Call the Office, Ottawa, June 17 2009. Kate Yang-Nikodym photo.

Stu Larsen (Media Club, 695 Cambie St.) – Australian singer/songwriter on tour for his debut album. Advance tickets $15 here.

Waxahatchee (Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward St.) – American indie-rock band headline a bill that includes punk band Perfect Pussy and melodic pop-rock group Potty Mouth. Advance tickets $15 here.

Katie Crutchfield with Waxahatchee

Katie Crutchfield with Waxahatchee at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, Nov 29 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Saturday May 24

Haim (Malkin Bowl) – Three L.A. sisters famous for one sister’s “bass-face” (see above). Sold-out.

Banks (Venue) – L.A. singer-songwriter Jillian Banks, touring on the strength of songs released on the Interwebs. Full-length expected in September. Sold-out.

Parquet Courts (Biltmore Cabaret) – Brooklyn indie-rock band with a new video (“Sunbathing Animal”) featuring a cat. Advance tickets $14 here.

Petunia & the Vipers (The Imperial) – Vancouver-based singer/songwriter blends rockabilly, Western swing and rock. This is a release show for his new album, Inside of You. Advance tickets $15 at northerntickets.com.

Sunday May 25

Mogwai (Vogue Theatre) – Scottish post-punk band, mostly instrumental. Once composed a soundtrack for a documentary about a soccer player. Advance tickets $28 here.

Lana Del Ray (PNE Amphitheatre, 2901 E. Hastings) – L.A. singer/songwriter accused of artificiality, out to show critics what’s-what. Sold-out.

See anything you like? Already have tickets? Tell us what you’re excited to see, and why!

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