MUSIC: Mary Gauthier @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Alt-country folksinger Gauthier has lived a life as amazing as her country noir songs. She rolls into Lena’s tonight in support of her new cut-to-the-bone, autobiographical album, “The Foundling,” produced by the Cowboy Junkies’ Michael Timmons. 7pm. $22.
MUSIC: Albin Zak & the Upstate Texas Band’s “The Texas Songwriter Project” @ the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. Niskayuna singer-songwriter and former Music Department chair Zak and the Upstate Texas Band (featuring Big Frank Novko, Johnny Hoffman, Bob Resnick and Mike Messitt) dig around in the great Lone Star songbag and come up with gems that stretch from Roky Erickson to Townes Van Zandt to Steve Earle. 7pm. $8; students and seniors $4.
MUSIC: We Are Scientists @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. They turned in the sharpest set of the day at the inaugural Pearl-Palooza street fest in downtown Albany back in July. Now they’re back as headliners. With Rewards and Alta Mira. 8pm. $14. (Related story: Pearl-Palooza review)
MUSIC: Miguel Frasconi @ RPI’s West Hall, Troy. As part of iEAR’s performance series, composer-sound artist-glass musician-synthesist Frasconi performs with accordionist Pauline Oliveros and the experimental ensemble Tintinnabulate. 7:30pm. FREE.
MUSIC: The Brazilian Jazz Trio @ Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield. Featuring pianist Warren Byrd, bassist Jason Schwarts and drummer Tom Parker, BJT not only helps kick the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival into high gear, but it also serves as a CD release party for the threesome. 7pm. FREE.
RADIO/MUSIC: “Dancing On the Air” @ The Linda, Albany. Jay Ungar and Molly Mason once again lead the monthly concert/live radio broadcast. Tonight’s special guests are indie alt-rock-folksters Cuddle Magic and traditional Quebec instrumentalists Tidal Wave. Broadcast on WAMC-FM. 8pm. $10.