It's pretty openly clichéd to say Austin, Texas, hatches great music, what with class acts like Spoon, Explosions in the Sky, Okkervil River (by way of Minnesota), Wayne "The Train" Hancock, and Dale Watson et al. rocking the city's confines on a regular basis, not to mention the festival-slash-popular public television show Austin City Limits and the annual South by Southwest showcase of musical up-and-comers. So let's just add insult to injury here and say: Austin faves the Gourds make great music. Oh, and you should go see them tomorrow. The rootsy, countrified rockers—boosted by accordion, mandolin, banjo, and other bluegrass staples—capture an Austin sensibility unlike the others. Case in point: The quintet's cover of frat-boy fave "Gin and Juice" beats Snoop's original. The quintet's quick-stepping tunes and quirky lyrics will hopscotch their way into your heart.
Thu., Nov. 6, 8 p.m., 2008