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A voyage across the world in search of the best new Rock en Espanol and Latin Alternative music releases. Co-hosts Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd also pay tribute to the pioneers of the genre.More from Alt.Latino »

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Buraka Som Sistema was among the many Latin artists who impressed at this year's SXSW.

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Surviving SXSW, With An Assist

Alt.Latino's hosts called on others to help them wade through the talented Latin artists at this year's festival, including Buraka Som Sistema, Gina Chavez and Macaco.

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Singer/songwriter Alex Cuba.

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It's Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Spring: An Alt.Latino New Music Mix

Hosts Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd bring you great new music from across the Spanish-speaking world.

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Dayme Arocena.

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A Cuban Soul Singer Walks Into A Colombian Party, And The Bass Drops

We dug into our recent listener suggestions and found some real gems: a mix of Cuban soul, Colombian dance and Mexican-American hip-hop.

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Vayijel is a Mexican rock band that sings in Tzotzil.

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Hear 6 Latin American Artists Who Rock In Indigenous Languages

This week, Alt.Latino plays songs sung in indigenous Latin American languages: Mapuche, Tztotzil, Guarani, Quechua and Tz'utujil from Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala and Mexico.

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Alt.Latino Picks Its Favorites From NPR's Tiny Desk Contest

NPR Music received roughly 7,000 videos from artists looking to perform behind the Tiny Desk. Here, we take a look at some of the best Latin entries.

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What's Love Got To Do With It: Alt.Latino On The Villains Of Valentine's Day

Following the time-honored Alt.Latino tradition of hating Valentine's Day, the show revisits the greatest villains of Latin love songs.

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A Bolivian Folk Singer Walks Into A Portuguese Dance Club...

This week, we've got some odd combinations that turn out fantastically well, including Bolivian indigenous folk and electronic music, Mexican ranchero pop love songs and more.

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This Week On Alt.Latino: Chilean Rock, Colombian Soul And Some Texas Punk

Alt.Latino's first new music show of 2015 features a fierce new track by Chilean singer Camila Moreno.

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History Goes To The Illustrators: 'A Contrarian History Of The United States'

Lalo Alcaraz and Ilan Stavans' new book isn't just hilarious; it's also important. Like all good history books, it makes a point to say something important about the present and the future.

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Saudade: An Untranslatable, Undeniably Potent Word

The Portuguese term saudade, which embodies a particular mix of melancholy, longing and loss, has no direct equivalent in English. But it does find full expression in bittersweet music. Singer Luciana Souza and producer Beco Dranoff join Felix and Jasmine to help explain what saudade means.

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