MUSIC: Los Straitjackets @ the Ale House, Troy. Rensselaer native Eddie Angel leads Nashville’s masked twangmasters into the cozy Ale House for a homecoming show in support of their new album, “Jet Set.” With the Knyghts of Fuzz. 8pm. $20.
READING: Emily XYZ & Myers Bartlett @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Caffe’s monthly Poetry Open Mic Night welcomes featured reader Emily XYZ, who has acquired a cult following with her live gigs, punk stylings and recordings for indie-rock labels. 7pm. $5.
MUSIC: Hamell On Trial @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Hamell kicks of his October residency with the first of four consecutive Wednesday night as he works on a new show. This could get pretty wiggy… 7:30pm. $10.
COMEDY: Margaret Cho @ The Egg, Albany. Stand-up comedian – as well as fashion designer, actress, author, singer, songwriter – brings her new tour, “Mother,” to Nippertown. With Selene Luna opening. 7:30pm. $28.
MUSIC: Frankie Rose @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Frankie is back in town in support of her new single “Night Swim,” which includes two album demos, along with a limited bonus CD featuring a pair of excellent remixes from the Go! Team and Fort Romeau. With Better Pills. 8pm.
MUSIC/MORE: “Tracing Footsteps: A Journal of Music, Photography and Tales of the Road” @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Bill Payne of Little Feat and journalist-author-Grateful Dead publicist Dennis McNally team up for a live performance of music with photography, commentary and plenty of road stories. Followed by a Q&A session. 7pm. $25.
LECTURE: Daniel Albright @ the Bard College Bertelsmann Campus Center’s Weis Cinema, Anannandale-On-Hudson. The Harvard University professor of literature will deliver the talk, “Music’s Origin, Music’s End.” 6pm. FREE.