Las Vegas quintet The Lique is one of those bands that requires at least 10 hyphens and three music critics (probably) to identify what it does. The group’s 2016 debut album “Democracy Manifest” switches from jazz-influenced structures to grinding metallic riffs on a dime, while MC Rasar’s rhymes dance over the top of it all with incisive wit (check “Batman” in particular, which uses the comic book character to frame a deeper discussion about hero worship). Relentless touring followed, earning the group praise from Afropunk Magazine and Las Vegas Weekly, which named the band one of 10 artists to watch in 2016. If you like good music (and if you’re reading this, I know you do), don’t sleep on the band’s free show at McMenamins Old St. Francis School on Wednesday.
The Lique: 7 p.m. Wednesday; free; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend; mcmenamins.com or 541-382-5174.