Don’t worry, you didn’t miss out on all the Halloween parties last weekend.
The horror-ific holiday falls on Thursday, perfect for the early weekend crowd to get in a few more scares. The music scene is more than happy to oblige with a frightening deluge of shows on the big day (and at least one straggler after). Check out some highlights below and make your Halloween a rocking one.
• From mariachi- and fast food-themed metal to Ned Flanders himself, Volcanic Theatre Pub is certainly no stranger to the stranger elements of modern music. This Halloween, the venue will welcome back one of the weirder acts to grace its stage in recent years, Japanese-American “action comic punk band” Peelander-Z, which this year celebrates 21 years of onstage antics, alien back stories and human bowling.
In case you missed the spaceship to Planet Peelander the last two years, Peelander-Z formed in New York City in 1998. The initial trio of all Japanese-born musicians adopted colorful stage personas and costumes (though they’ll tell you those are their real personas and their real skin, all hallmarks of their home on Planet Peelander, natch), taking the names Peelander Blue, Peelander Red and Peelander Yellow. Red and Blue have since left the band (covered in the 2015 documentary “Mad Tiger”), making way for new members Green, Purple and Pink. They help Yellow deliver a rainbow of rude rock sounds and happy-go-lucky lyrics on last year’s album “Go Pz Go” — a close cousin to The Descendents, the Ramones and fellow Japanese punks Shonen Knife.
Feel free to join in the fun — in fact, the band will probably make you join in (audience participation is a big part of the act). And keep your eyes peeled for The Red Squid (you’ll have to find out when you get there). Local punk groups Chupra Cobra and The Roof Rabbits will open the show.
Peelander-Z, with Chupra Cobra, The Roof Rabbits: 9 p.m. Thursday; $12 plus fees in advance; Volcanic Theatre Pub, 70 SW Century Drive, Bend; volcanictheatre.com or 541-323-1881.
• Portland duo The Shook Twins want you to have the time of your life on Halloween. To make sure you do (or at least get in a fun after-party), the identical twins and their rock-solid rhythm section will bring their tribute to the 1987 Patrick Swayze- and Jennifer Grey-starring classic, “Dirty Dancing,” to the Domino Room on Friday.
Originally from Boise, Idaho, The Shook Twins have a knack for cinematic tributes: They put their spin on songs from Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 crime drama “Pulp Fiction” at Volcanic Theatre Pub for Halloween 2017. But “Dirty Dancing” holds a special place in Laurie and Katelyn Shook’s hearts, as the movie was “the first time we experienced sexy soul music and the dancing that went with that emotion,” as they stated in an August Facebook post announcing their Halloween tour.
That works well with where the band is at these days. “Some Good Lives,” the group’s first album in a half-decade, pairs the twins’ much-vaunted vocal harmonies with soulful, slinky grooves and horns, adding a heavy R&B and funk element to their acoustic bluegrass and folk wheelhouse.
Denver rock and soul group Mama Magnolia will open the show.
The Shook Twins, with Mama Magnolia: 9 p.m. Friday, doors open at 8 p.m.; $15 plus fees in advance, $20 at the door; Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend; midtownbend.com or 541-408-4329
• Don’t forget your local music community in this time of ghouls, ghosts and candy. Plenty of local musicians have tricks (not to mention treats) hidden up their costumed sleeves.
Hard-rocking groups The Leadbetter Band and Slade & The Hatchet will blast McMenamins Old St. Francis School into the past Thursday with a tribute to ’90s grunge and alternative rock bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Jane’s Addiction and more. Leadbetter Band leader Eric Leadbetter has been pushing his blues-rock sound in this direction more and more lately, as evidenced on the band’s self-titled debut album, while powerhouse singer Stephanie Slade and her new quartet make mincemeat of this material on a regular basis. In other words, these are two of the better local bands to smell like teen spirit with.
The Leadbetter Band, with Slade & The Hatchet: 7 p.m. Thursday; free; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend; mcmenamins.com or 541-382-5174.
M&J Tavern, the living room of Bend’s music scene, will host some longtime favorites at its free Halloween bash. Greasy, noisy trio Blackflowers Blacksun headline with slide-heavy, distortion drenched blues, boogie and punk, while garage and surf combo The Blue Vinyls open with a set of originals and covers.
Blackflowers Blacksun and The Blue Vinyls: 9 p.m. Thursday; free; M&J Tavern, 102 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend; facebook.com/events/2088643914569507 or 541-389-1410.
Walk a couple of blocks down the street to Silver Moon Brewing for Company Grand’s Halloween bash. The nine-piece R&B/funk/rock monster — the musical arm of Bend Burlesque — will bring its theatrical stage show and bone-rattling grooves to the venue’s stage Thursday. Keep your ears peeled for new material: The band recently teased its debut, full-length album due out by year’s end.
Company Grand: 8 p.m. Thursday; $10 at the door; Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend; silvermoonbrewing.com or 541-388-8331.
Across town, local indie rock quartet Cosmonautical will rock out Spoken Moto with help from riff-heavy Chicago duo North By North. Following the release of last year’s debut album, “Talking to People You Don’t Know,” Cosmonautical found some long-sought stability in its lineup and has been tearing up recent shows including the first High Desert Underground Music Fest (organized by frontman David von Schlegell).
Cosmonautical, with North By North: 8 p.m. Thursday; free; Spoken Moto, 310 SW Industrial Way, Bend; spokenmoto.com or 541-306-6689.