From Austin, Con Amor: Our Favorites From SXSW : Alt.Latino From heavyweights like Cafe Tacvba and Bajofondo to a vast array of newcomers, Austin's annual blowout has a strong Latin vibe. With help from Michael Crockett of Austin's KUT, Alt.Latino explores some of the best of the fest-within-a-fest.

From Austin, Con Amor: Our Favorites From SXSW

From Austin, Con Amor: Our Favorites From SXSW

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Cafe Tacvba performs at Stubb's during SXSW 2013.

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I had to catch my breath when I first stepped onto the SXSW grounds. The Austin, Texas festival features tens of thousands of bands, films, speaking events and more. The sheer amount of activities can get overwhelming.

Our colleague Stephen Thompson accurately described SXSW as "several festivals within a festival" — and co-host Felix Contreras and I have been focusing on the Latin music festival here. Even that is a lot to take in as you have new discoveries, musicians you've heard a buzz about but want to check out live, and the big players like Cafe Tacvba, Molotov, Bajofondo.

Felix and I are taking a quick break from the tiresome work of watching one amazing band after another to talk about what acts we saw that simply blew our minds. We're joined by Michael Crockett, host of the weekly Latin music program Horizontes at KUT.

And as usual, we want to hear from you, our listeners. If you're here at SXSW tell us: What are your favorite new discoveries? And if you couldn't make it, who do you wish you'd had the chance to see?

From Austin, With Amor: Our Favorite Music From SXSW (So Far)

Campo

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"Marcha Tropical"

From 'Campo'

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Piñata Protest

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"Volver, Volver"

From 'Piñata Protest'

From Austin, Con Amor: Our Favorites From SXSW

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"Todos Somos Raros"

From 'Pimiento Indomable'

From Austin, Con Amor: Our Favorites From SXSW

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Café Tacvba

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"Chica Banda"

From 'Esencial de Café Tacuba'

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Fakuta

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"Armar Y Desarmar"

From 'Al Vuelo'

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Martín Buscaglia

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"Sagrado Salado"

From 'Pimiento Indomable'

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