The Latin Alternative
Josh Norek/WEXT

'The Latin Alternative' Celebrates Its 300th Episode and Ten Years On The Air

"I remember at the time I was looking at a radio report and suddenly saw Manu Chao getting like 20 spins a week in Albany, NY. What is this? How is this possible?!" That was 2009. WEXT was two years old. Slingerlands native Josh Norek was living in California and was Vice President of Nacional Records . When Norek phoned WEXT's Chris Wienk for answers, it sparked a conversation. What if we put together a one-off show about Latin music and play it over the Fourth of July holiday? Soon, there...

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firekid Live @ EXT

Apr 20, 2016
firekid at WEXT
Station

firekid is Dillon Hodges. Dillon learned to play guitar from his neighbor.  His neighbor said he couldn't teach him how to play the pop rock music in the books he brought. He said "I'm a bluegrass musician. That's what I can teach you."  In Athens, AL, there isn't much call for bluegrass music, but Dillon learned.  And then he went on to win a national flatpick guitar contest in Oklahoma at a festival. 

Connect with firekid on Facebook here.

The Record Company
Station

The Los Angeles trio, The Record Company came to Albany February 5th, 2016.  While they were in town for a show, they stopped by to play a few songs in an acoustic setting.

Caffe Lena
Caffe Lena

It’s time to celebrate Caffe Lena’s anniversary! And do it in style with a big, special concert!

May 21st | Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College
Click here for tickets and details.

We are counting down the days until the rebirth of their historic home with a major renovation. Celebrate the vibrant Caffe Lena of today with four of their current brightest shining stars.

Graham Nash
Artist

"I could drop dead in the middle of this conversation."  74-year old music icon and two-time Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Graham Nash opens up about his life from The Hollies, CSN&Y to his latest solo release, This Path Tonight. 

If you want to hear the whole conversation, it's here on Soundcloud:

William Bell is Back!

Apr 13, 2016
William Bell
Artist

William Bell came on the scene with his debut single in 1961, "You Don't Miss Your Water."  At 76, he's about to release his newest effort called "This Is Where I Live."

SIMO at Bonnaroo 2013
Derek Martinez

Friday, May 6th

The Hangar on the Hudson (click for the event page)

For some time now, you've heard us playing the track "Long May You Sail" from SIMO's album "Let Love Show The Way."  We continue to introduce you to great rock music, and now we are excited to have The Hangar bring SIMO to Troy.

See a great live video below, and enter to win tickets to the show.

The Artist

July 30, the crowd will descend upon Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown for The Lumineers. Tickets are on sale now!

Dan Smalls Presents has given us some tickets to give away before they can be purchased. Click here to buy tickets.

The City of Albany

The City of Albany presents the 68th Annual Albany Tulip Festival on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 in Washington Park!

Amy Helm
Artist

Guthrie/Bell Productions Presents :

Amy Helm
w/s/g Connor Kennedy and the Minstrel
The Cohoes Music Hall

Fri. April 22 , 2016

One-Hit Wonders
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So, you’re looking for the list. Here it is!

100 Best One Hit Wonders (pdf)

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