Live Nation has announced that Los Angeles-based duo Rhye will perform at the Commodore Ballroom on Friday, July 4, as part of the Straight Series. 

Rhye—comprised of Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal—is the product of two synced paths crossing at the right time and place. The two artists had been fond of each other's work for some time, and it was when one member was working on a remix for the other that they started to collaborate.

The result is the critically acclaimed, R&B-influenced debut album, Woman.

Live Nation has announced that Swedish indie rockers the Sounds are returning to North America for a spring tour. The group will play a show at Venue on Tuesday, March 18, in support of its fifth studio album, Weekend.

Formed in Sweden in 1998, the Sounds first found success with its 2002 debut album Living in America.

Fronted by Maja Ivarsson, the Sounds continue to entertain international audiences with its dynamic live shows. 

Couldn’t make it out last night? You missed spacy indie-folk troupe Lord Huron at the Commodore. Lauren Spinner was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Lord Huron at the Commodore Ballroom on January 23, 2014. Thanks Lauren.

Live Nation has announced that Canadian rock group Mounties will play a show at the Commodore Ballroom--with guest Rich Aucoin--on Friday, March 21, 2014, as part of the Straight Series. 

The members of Mounties (Hawksley Workman, Ryan Dahle, and Steve Bays) first met in 2009 and participated in an improvised two-week recording session three years later.

Known for their collective work in Limblifter, Age of Electric, Hot Hot Heat, and Fur Trade--along with their celebrated solo identities--the Mounties had their first hit in early 2013 with “Headphones.” 

The band's debut album, Thrash Rock Legacy, will be released on March 4.

Live Nation has announced that Los Angeles-based indie-folk band Lord Huron will play a show at the Commodore Ballroom on January 23, 2014, as part of the Straight Series. 

Originally a musical and visual solo project by lead singer and Michigan native-turned-Angeleno Ben Schneider, collaborators now include Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion), and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals).

The band’s debut album, Lonesome Dreams, continues to garner widespread praise.

Live Nation has announced that Canadian alt-country group the Deep Dark Woods will play a show at Venue Nightclub on Friday, October 11, in support of its upcoming fifth studio album, Jubilee.

Recorded in a cabin near Bragg Creek, Alberta, Jubilee journeys through folk and rock history, from the 1970s to the present day. The album nods to genre pioneers such as the Byrds and Fairport Convention before heading into an altogether new territory of soundscapes.

For the second year in a row, Carrall Street between Cordova and Water Streets will be closed on August 31 and September 1 from 1 to 8 p.m. to make room for the Gastown BBQ and Chili Festival.

The free family-friendly outdoor food festival and block party raises funds for Athletics 4 Kids and will feature food from select Gastown restaurants, a BBQ and chili competition, live music, DJs, a craft beer tasting area, wing-eating contest, face painting for kids, and more. 

Live Nation has announced that Los Angeles-based rock group Haim will play a show at the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday, October 24, as part of the Straight Series. 

Consisting of sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim, and drummer Dash Hutton, Haim is truly a family affair for the group which prides itself on being able to switch from instrument to instrument with complete confidence and ease,  all while singing in three-part harmony.

The sisters grew up playing classic-rock songs with their parents in a family band, called “Rockinhaim,” which played for charity events and street fairs. Now striking out on their own, Este plays bass guitar, Danielle plays lead guitar, and Alana--the youngest in the band--plays rhythm guitar, keyboard, and percussion. 

South Asian Arts in partnership with the Pacific National Exhibition present Bollywood Wedding, an elaborate dance-theatre event at the Italian Gardens at the PNE (2901 East Hastings Street) from July 17 to 28.

Bollywood Wedding tells the story of an engagement and wedding of two young Indians brought together through an arranged marriage. Colourful costumes and lots of drama make this production a hit.

Tickets for Bollywood Wedding are $35 for adults and $20 for children and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online in advance. 

Live Nation has announced that Canadian bands the Zolas and Hollerado will co-headline a show at the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday, November 14, as part of the Straight Series. 

Vancouver-based indie rock group the Zolas, whose core is formed by Zach Gray (vocals, guitar) and Tom Dobrzanski (piano), debuted in 2009 with Tic Toc Tic. With second album Ancient Mars, the Zolas is set to continue its legacy of postmodern pop.

Hollerado, an indie rock group comprised of four childhood friends from Manotick, Ontario, has achieved success thanks to its energetic guitar pop and DIY approach. Its debut album, Record In A Bag, features catchy melodies and comes in a resealable baggie filled with fun extras.