House party novelty jams, especially those soaked in roots-rock twang, have never totally appealed to me too corny. Yet theres no denying Gin and Juice, the opening track off the Gourds 2001 album Shinebox. Lyrics dont get any raunchier than these: Two in the mornin and the partys still jumpin cause my momma aint home/ I got bitches in the living room getting it on/ And they aint leavin til six in the morning/ So what you wanna do/ I got a pocket full of rubbers, and my homeboys do, too. Now, in all fairness, the tune is a tongue-in-cheek ode to Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and the pop culture mythology surrounding gangsta rap. That said, if youre the type thats easily offended, then pay attention only to the music. Thats because the Gourds can totally jam.
Wed., July 8, 9 p.m.; Thu., July 9, 9 p.m., 2009