Tono (pictured above) kicks off the second week of our profile of Brazilian music. Camila Mesquita de Macedo/Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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All About Brazil Part II

In the second installment of our series on Brazilian music, Guest DJ Beco Dranoff shares new spins on traditional samba, big band sounds from Rio De Janeiro, and São Paulo rap.

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Chucho Valdes, the 2011 winner of the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album, performs earlier this year at a Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy. That award was eliminated in April; starting next year, Valdes and other Latin jazz musicians will compete in the Best Jazz Album category. Barbara Zanon/Getty Images hide caption

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Perth Amboy, NJ's long-running free concert series is just one program threatened by loss of funding as the Music Performance Trust Fund dries up. Felix Contreras hide caption

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The San Antonio, Texas trio Girl in a Coma releases the new album Exits & All The Rest Nov. 1. Josh Huskin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alt.Latino Fall Music Preview

We sample music from albums with one strong song after another.

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They're Reinterpretations, Not Cover Songs

Covers can find unheard possibilities in familiar songs. This week we feature reinterpretations of classics from Puerto Rico, Argentina, Mexico and more.

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The Sounds Of SoCal

Intrepid musical explorer Felix Contreras brought us back the best of what he found on vacation in California: Mexican-American bands like Los Hollywood and ¡Aparato!

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Actor Marlon Brando was an Afro-Cuban drumming enthusiast, as well as an inventor whose lost prototypes became the stuff of urban legend. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Stefon Harris, David Sanchez and Christian Scott's collaborative album, Ninety Miles, comes out June 21. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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