11/24/09: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

MUSIC: Matisyahu with Trevor Hall @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park: As an American Hasidic Jewish reggae singer, he may have been perceived as a novelty act when he first emerged on the scene five years ago. But with his new album, “Light,” Matisyahu has proven that he’s a force to be reckoned with. 8:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: The Blakes @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany: The Seattle indie rock trio tears into town in support of their new album, “Souvenirs.” 8pm. $6.

MUSIC: Guitar Wars @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany: It’s “American Idol” for guitarslingers. Test your guitar skills against other Nippertown axmasters. Or just sit and watch the fretboard fireworks fly. 9pm. Free.

MUSIC: The Red Haired Strangers and the Tern Rounders @ Revolution Hall, Troy: Rev Hall’s weekly Free Tuesday concert series continues with a pair of the finest Nippertown band’s on the edge of country music: Red Haired Strangers come at country from the folk-blues/bluegrass end of the spectrum, while Tern Rounders take the Gram Parsons approach, neatly balancing country with rock. 9pm. Free.

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