Blues fans should go check out Shemekia Copeland tonight at the Jazz Alley tonight, and if you're on the fence, you can read Jonathan's review of her set last night; the all ages show starts at 7:30 p.m., or thereabouts, and it costs $23.50.
and DJ Darwin are at the Funhouse tonight; the show starts at 9:30 p.m. and costs $6.
Finally, the Gourds play the first of two shows at the Tractor Tavern tonight and tomorrow; both shows start at 9 p.m. and cost $15:
House party novelty jams, especially those soaked in roots-rock twang, have never totally appealed to me - too corny. Yet there's no denying "Gin and Juice," the opening track off the Gourds' 2001 album Shinebox. Lyrics don't get any raunchier than these: "Two in the mornin' and the party's still jumpin' 'cause my momma ain't home/ I got bitches in the living room getting' it on/ And they ain't 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 you're the type that's easily offended, then pay attention only to the music. That's because the Gourds can totally jam. JUSTIN F. FARRAR