On a Thursday night in Bend, there are some shows worth going to and some shows that can't be missed for any reason outside of childbirth. This Thursday, San Francisco-based rockers Strange Hotel bring their vintage rock sound to the Volcanic and take notice, because this will be one of those can't miss Thursday night shows. It doesn't matter what time the alarm for work goes off in the morning, Strange Hotel's "gothadelic" sound has to be heard to be believed. Singles "All the World's a Strange Hotel" and "Tightrope" could be found either as B-sides to the Almost Famous soundtrack or a Black Keys album. Drunk Pilot also performs. 9pm. Thursday, Sept. 24. Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Dr. $5.
Few things go better with a crisp autumn evening that rootsy folk tunes. Portland-based band Twisted Whistle combines bluegrass, Irish folk, and rock elements to create rootsy-Americana music best enjoyed outside as the sun sets and the fire pit starts burning. Harmonious vocals blend with traditional folk elements to express the band's range and depth. Featuring original songwriting and three-part vocal harmony. Closeout the last Friday in September with Twisted Whistle and an Off Leash brew from Crux. 5-8pm. Friday, Sept. 25. Crux Fermentation Project, 50 SW Division St.
With influences ranging from Teddy Pendergrass and Led Zeppelin to Parliament Funkadelic, Portland-based band pigWar plays a raw take on psychedelic-soul music. Their explosive live shows feature all original tunes that they have woven together to create a sound landscape listeners can shake their booties to. pigWar is a collaboration between Portland artists Teddy Presberg and Garett Brennan. The cool fall air may have arrived, but attend this show and leave sweating from the pure psychedelic heat generated by the pigWar dance attack. 10pm. Friday, Sept. 25. Astro Lounge, 939 NW Bond St. No cover.