9/12/13: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: NRBQ @ the Ale House, Troy. Here comes Terry Adams, and the rest of the boys. And this time around they’re bringing along a secret weapon – special guest drummer Bobby Lloyd Hicks of the legendary Skeletons. $30. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Oneohtrix Point Never @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Brooklyn-based composer Daniel Lopatin creates electronic music that is often described as “cinematic” and “orchestral.” As Oneohtrix Point Never, he will perform new music with visuals from his upcoming album, R Plus Seven. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors. NOTE: The concert will also be broadcast live at WRPI-FM.

MUSIC: Tal National @ the Half Moon, Hudson. Hailing from Niamey (the capital city of Niger), the joyously hypnotics West African band embarks on its debut U.S. tour in support of their brand new album, Kaani, which was released earlier this week on Fat Cat Records. With Blues Control. 8pm. $7. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled due to unforeseen visa issues.

FILM/DISCUSSION: “Night of the Living Dead” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. FantaCon weekend kicks off with a bang beginning at 6:30pm with a flash mob dance rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, followed by a Zombie Walk to the Palace. Once at the theater, prizes will be handed out for Best Zombie, followed by a 7:30pm screening of George Romero’s classic horror film. And if that’s not enough, members of the film’s cast will then gather onstage for a 45th anniversary reunion and panel discussion. $13. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: HARX Acoustic @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Erin Harkes’ new band goes unplugged. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Goldspot @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. Maybe you’ve heard them on TV on “How I Met Your Mother” or “Perfect Couples.” Maybe you’ve seen them open for Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, Death Cab For Cutie or Bjork. Or maybe you’ve heard their new album Aerogramme. Now the NYC-based band is making their Nippertown debut, and you can find out what all the buzz is about… With John Brodeur. 8pm.

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MUSIC: The Lucky Jukebox Brigade @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. With Castle and Vermont Joy Parade.

MUSIC: Aaron Carter @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Former tween popster. With Justin Levinson and Alexis Babini. 8pm. $20.

ARTIST TALK: John Hampshire @ SUNY Adirondack’s Visual Arts Gallery, Queensbury. In conjunction with the current exhibit, “A Circuitous Route: Paintings and Drawings by John Hampshire.” 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Casting Crowns @ the Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls. The Atlanta-based contemporary Christian rockers have sold more than 8.2 million albums and earned three Grammy Awards. 7pm. $22, $35 & $50.

MUSIC: Sassafras Jenkins @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. FREE. 9:30pm.

MUSIC: Al Haugen Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. Accordion jazz. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Miro Sprague @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. Jazz piano. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Craig Todol @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Nancy Tierney & the Boys @ Stockade Tavern, Kingston. Jazz-centric pop trio. 7:30pm. FREE.

FILM: “The East” @ the Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. A 2013 suspenseful espionage thriller from acclaimed writer-director Zal Batmanglij and writer-actress Brit Marling, who stars as former FBI agent Sarah Moss, starting a new career at Hiller Brood, an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele. 7:30pm. $7; $5 students. Through Sunday.

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