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Alt.Latino

Guest DJ Lila Downs: The Music That Makes Her Fierce

This week on Alt.Latino, the Mexican American singer shares the music that changed her life, from Miles Davis to Orishas.

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Lo Que Más Nos Gustó: Alt.Latino's Favorite Artists Of 2011

As this retrospective roundup proves, it is nearly impossible to fit all the year's great music into one show.

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A Blog Supreme

Remembering Paul Motian, Singular Jazz Drummer

The colorful drummer and composer was known for his deep internal sense of swing. He was 80.

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