Last year’s Noble Creatures moved the Gourds into beautiful and unfamiliar territory with an unprecedented number of ballads and the inclusion of horns — two Gourds rarities — but the kaleidoscopic country sound the Austin quintet is known for rages on. Continuing the band’s round trip through the outer reaches of the roots music universe and back again, their new studio album, Haymaker!, takes the best of the Gourds’ classic eccentricities and melds it with the more linear narratives coined on Creatures. On the new album, vintage Gourds boogie twang (“Country Gal”) stands alongside Jimmy Smith’s quintessential Texas character studies (“Thurman,” “Bridgett”). The album marks the return of Cow Fish Fowl or Pig engineer Stuart Sullivan to the studio, and is quite possibly the best documentation of the Gourds’ trademark live energy ever captured in the studio. $12, 8pm, Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd, (830) 606-1281.
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