4/24/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

MUSIC: What Cheer? Brigade @ Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, Troy. Spring is finally here, and it’s time to dance, so bring on the 19-piece brass band from Providence, who blend together a rip-roaring hybrid of the music of Bollywood, the Balkans and New Orleans with samba, hip-hop and big band. 8pm. $5-10 suggested donation.

MUSIC: The Both @ Pearl Street, Northampton. Yeah, they’re the hottest new duo on the alt-pop scene – Aimee Mann and Ted Leo – teaming up for CD release party in support of their brand new self-titled debut on SuperEgo Records. With Nick Diamonds (from Islands). 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Dopapod @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. A genre-bending blend of funk, jazz, trance, soul, Afro-beat and prog rock. With Aqueous. 9:30pm. $15. GO HERE to win FREE tickets…

FILM: Knickerbocker Film Festival @ the Madison Theater, Albany. An evening of selected entries into the film festival, along with a Q&A session with the filmmakers. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: David Nail @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Sam Hunt. 8pm. $20.

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RECEPTION: Knickerbocker Film Festival Awards & Reception @ Taste, Albany. A reception and party honoring all the filmmakers involved with the fest, an awards show presentation and an evening of honoring the impact film has on the Local 518. Complimentary beer, wine, soda and food. 8pm. $35.

MUSIC: Skip Parson’s Clarinet Marmalade @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts Catching Cadence, Kardia, Brian Tiernan and Nick Shattel. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Pointblank @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Teenage Shred and Eye and I. 8pm. $3.

MUSIC: SafeWord @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With And Then the Fall and Club Gruuv. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Sideshow Tragedy @ the Half Moon, Hudson. With Peter McPartland & the Half Moon House Band. 8pm. $5.

ARTIST TALK: “One Work: One Hour” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. A focused dialogue with visiting artist Julian LaVerdiere, whose artwork is on view in the current Tang exhibition. 5:30pm.

MUSIC: The Bremners @ Bombers, Albany. The rockin’ duo of Rob Skane and Mike Lisi. 10pm.

FILM: “59 Seconds” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Inspired by super-short film festivals hosted around the world, students, staff and faculty of the Skidmore College community were challenged to create compelling videos with a maximum run time of 59 seconds. How they chose to tell their story was left to the filmmaker. 7pm.

MUSIC: John Esposito Trio @ Stockade Tavern, Kingston. Keyboardist John Esposito and bassist Lew Scott are joined by special guest saxophonist Eric Person. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Matty Finn @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. Classic and contemporary rock & blues. 6pm.

THEATER: “Scooby-Doo Live!: Musical Mysteries” @ Palace Theatre, Albany. Scooby and his pals have been called in to help solve an epic mystery in Albany. – a trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theater and Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma are on their way in the Mystery Machine to help solve it. 7pm. $18, $23, $29, $40; $73 VIP.

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