10/24/12: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: Magnetic Fields @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The New York Times has raved that Magnetic Fields’ architect “Stephin Merritt is a contrarian pop genius.” You’ll get no argument from us. The band returns to Hudson in support of their latest album Love at the Bottom of the Sea. With Kenny Melman. 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: Heartless Bastards @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Led by the throaty, distinctive howl of badass lead singer Erika Wennerstrom, the Austin-based band rumbles into town in support of their new album, Arrow, which was produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno. With Future Birds and Northern Faces. 8pm. $17.

MUSIC: Thomasina Winslow @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, Troy. The fab second-generation acoustic blues singer-guitarist plays a free lunchtime show. 12noon. FREE.

TALK: Henry Rollins @ The Egg, Albany. The always-outspoken former Black Flag frontman brings his current spoken word tour “Capitalism” to town as the presidential race heads into the home stretch. 8pm. $23.

ARTS WALK: DownStreet Art @ various locations, North Adams. Plenty of art exhibition openings and performances, including Patrick Porter (6pm) and C. Ryder Cooley (7pm), both at the Artery Gallery. 5-8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Straight No Chaser @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Originally formed over a dozen years ago while students together at Indiana University, the 10-man group has reassembled and reemerged as a bonafide phenomenon – kingpins of a cappella pop. 7:30pm. $28.50, $35.50 & $39.50.

FILM: “Rebecca” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Alfred Hitchcock’s only Oscar-winning film, the gothic thriller stars Sir Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine in an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel of the same name. 7:30pm. $6.

MUSIC: Laura Marling @ Colony Cafe, Woodstock. With Nippertown’s own Sean Rowe. 8pm. $30 (tix here).

MUSIC: Under the Streetlamp @ Proctors, Schenectady. Four singers – Michael Cunio, Michael Ingersoll, Christopher Kale Jones and Shonn Wiley, all recent cast members of the smash hit “Jersey Boys” – serve up a joyous, harmony-filled take on early rock ‘n’ roll, doo-wop and Motown classics. The 10-man a cappella group Gentleman’s Rule opens the show. 8pm. $20, $30, $40 & $50. UPDATE: Gentleman’s Rule will not be performing at this concert.

FILM: “Radio Unnameable” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. This documentary film by Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson paints a fascinating portrait of influential WBAI-FM radio personality Bob Fass, who revolutionized the airwaves by developing a patchwork of music, politics, comedy and reports from the street, effectively creating free-form radio. 8:30pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Bone Marrow Benefit Concert @ Revolution Hall, Troy. Walking X-Ray and Big Red Nasty team up to help the City of Troy’s Police Officers and Firefighters register potential bone marrow donors to help those in need of life-saving bone marrow transplants. 7pm.

MUSIC: Wild Adriatic @ the Bayou Cafe, Albany. With Barons in the Attic and Deadbeat Darling. 8pm. FREE with costume; $5 without.

FILM: “Stars in Shorts” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Seven short films (all from the last year and a half or so) featuring famous actors – Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Julia Stiles and Lily Tomlin. The films are a real mix – comedy, sci-fi, drama, even a musical – and they come together nicely as a well-rounded theatrical presentation. 6pm. $7; students $5.

MUSIC: Moonalice @ The Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Featuring drummer John Molo, guitarists Barry Sless and Roger McNamee, keyboardist Ann McNamee and bassist Pete Sears. With Professor Louie & the Crowmatix. And an exhibition of original Fillmore poster art. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Brandi Carlile @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. In support of her latest album, Bear Creek. With Blitzen Trapper. 8pm. $26, $36 & $46.

MUSIC: The Shayna Dulberger Quartet @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. Upright bassist Shayna Dulberger leads her NYC-based band, featuring drummer Carlo Costa, guitarist Chris Welcome and tenor saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Azzaam Hameed @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Piano jazz. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Romance, Soul & Rock ‘n Roll: Music Sweet Music” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Directed by Ted Concepcion with musical direction by David Picard and and choreography by Becky Clemons. Proceeds to benefit the Berkshire Theatre Group. 7:30pm. $20.

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