Venerable New Hampshire alt-weekly The Wire is behind an annual music project called the RPM Challenge (to create a full album during the month of February), in which many local musicians take part. Tomorrow (Friday) at Pauly’s Hotel, the Albany Music Coalition will host a kick-off event featuring funk band Oobleck (8 PM, free, 426-0828). . . . Friday night is Albany First Friday, which means it’s time for another edition of Vinylmania at Elda’s (11 PM, free, 449-3532). . . . Hi-yah! Funk-fusion supergroup Kung Fu drop-kick Red Square on Friday (8 PM, $15, 465-0444). . . . Gypsy-jazz group the Hot Club of Detroit will conjure Django Reinhardt Friday at the Van Dyck (9:30 PM, $20, 348-7999). . . . Not to be confused with the currently touring Gang- and Caravan of Thieves, Company of Thieves will play a special acoustic show at the Bayou Café Albany on Friday along with Von Grey (8 PM, $20, 462-9033). . . . Seasoned troubadour Martin Sexton returns to Club Helsinki on Friday for a dinner show (6 PM, $45, 828-4800). . . . Kilts are encouraged for Friday’s performance of the Pipes and Drums of the Blackwatch 3rd Battalion at Proctors (8 PM, $20-$55, 346-6204). . . . Cover models Stellar Young will travel to Bearsville on Saturday for a bill with the band 3 (9 PM, $15, 845-679-4406). . . . Singer-songwriter Greg Brown will celebrate Groundhog Day right at the Egg on Saturday (8 PM, $24, 473-1845).