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Alt.Latino: Rock Innovators To Hear Now

There seems to be a never-ending amount of music and musicians around the world who create amazing, innovative music. The trick is finding them. Indies, local heroes, bands just getting started -- they're out there gigging and recording, and the coolest part of doing Alt.Latino is finding those unearthed gems.

We think we found a bunch on this week's show. We're bowled over by the imaginative use of sound in the music we found. Indigenous folk singing over an industrial-sounding bed of percussion. A Brazilian who was influenced by tango. A bunch of Californian multicultural musicians who rock retro funk while wearing an occasional Mexican wrestling mask. A sweet Venezuelan punk band that really, honestly wishes you nothing but the worst in life. Oh, and there's also a nod to some Peruvian rock 'n' roll pioneers who sound like surfer dudes from Machu Pichu. (Don't ask.)

No kidding, this week's show has it all, and it's all new, recently released music. So sit back, slide in those ear buds and give us about 30 minutes of your time. You won't be disappointed.

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Jasmine Garsd is an Argentine-American journalist living in New York. She is currently NPR's Criminal Justice correspondent and the host of The Last Cup. She started her career as the co-host of Alt.Latino, an NPR show about Latin music. Throughout her reporting career she's focused extensively on women's issues and immigrant communities in America. She's currently writing a book of stories about women she's met throughout her travels.
Felix Contreras is co-creator and host of Alt.Latino, NPR's pioneering radio show and podcast celebrating Latin music and culture since 2010.
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