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The week ahead is paved with 10 good shows

The Gourds perform with James McMurtry Wednesday night at the Bottleneck in Lawrence. James McMurtry and the Gourds Wednesday The Bottleneck The frequent area tour stops by the Steinbeck-esque songwriter James McMurtry are always welcome. One of America's most distinctive troubadours, he's documented the consequences of economic strife with harrowing authority. The most galvanizing element of Wednesday's concert for many connoisseurs, however, is the rare appearance of the Gourds. Long one of Austin's most celebrated bands, the Gourds are best known for a hilariously straightforward rendition of the Snoop Dogg hit "Gin and Juice." That amusing novelty aside, the Gourds...