Felix Contreras

Felix Contreras appears in the following:

6 Young Music Producers Who Shape Latino Identity With Sound

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Alt.Latino offers a view from inside the mixing room, featuring talents you should know.


Caetano Veloso And Gilberto Gil: Living History

Friday, April 22, 2016

This week on Alt.Latino, the two iconic Brazilians discuss history and music.


Carlos Santana Breaks Down His Band's Trailblazing Sound

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The original Santana made music history nearly 50 years ago. As the band reunites for a short tour this spring, the guitarist tells Alt.Latino how he and his collaborators did it.


Music, Laughter, Honey: Dayme Arocena's Secret Recipe

Thursday, April 07, 2016

In a fun and vibrant conversation with Alt.Latino, the Cuban singer makes it clear that her country's political isolation from the U.S. didn't apply to music.


First Listen: Santana, 'Santana IV'

Thursday, April 07, 2016

The reunion of Carlos Santana's mid-'70s-era band captures the musicians' intense chemistry, while still updating the massively influential sound they created.


Country Legend Merle Haggard Dies At 79

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Outlaw, "Okie from Muskogee," poet of working-class values and a fixture in country music for 50 years, Merle Haggard died Wednesday, April 6, his 79th birthday.


Tedeschi Trucks Band: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, March 25, 2016

Singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks celebrate the blues, jazz and much more.


Chicano Batman, Live In Concert: SXSW 2016

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Watch as this band from Southern California sends waves of velvet-sounding Chicano soul over the crowd at NPR Music's SXSW showcase in Austin, Texas.


SXAméricas 2016: An Embarrassment Of Riches

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The festival-within-a-festival at Austin's SXSW featured more than 200 Latin bands. Choosing just six to highlight was a challenge Alt.Latino cheerfully accepted.


Discover Latin Musicians From The 2016 Tiny Desk Contest

Thursday, March 10, 2016

This week on Alt.Latino, hear an incredible range of Latin sounds from this year's entrants.


Monsieur Periné: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, March 04, 2016

Monsieur Periné hails from Colombia, a country known for its Afro-Colombian cumbia, as well as New York-style salsa. Instead, however, the band has embraced 1920s-era, guitar-driven jazz from the U.S. The unlikely inspiration has resulted in a large and international following, as well as a Latin Grammy not too long ...


#OscarsSoWhite, But Here's How To Break Hollywood's Rules

Thursday, February 25, 2016

On Sunday night, the 88th annual Academy Awards will once again gather together the movie industry in a lavish ceremony to acknowledge the year's most celebrated performances and films. For some, though, the Oscars represent just another instance of the cool kids gussied up for prom night, trying to ignore ...


The Revolution Will Be Televised: Inside 'Bordertown'

Thursday, February 18, 2016

This week, Alt.Latino takes a deep dive into the animated Fox sitcom Bordertown with two of its writers, Lalo Alcaraz and Gustavo Arellano. Alcaraz is also the author of the Latino-themed syndicated comic strip La Cucaracha, while Arellano writes an advice column called Ask A Mexican for OC Weekly in ...


First Listen: Carrie Rodriguez, 'Lola'

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In my mind, there's a magical Mexican restaurant located somewhere in Austin, Texas; it's a place where people of all cultures, backgrounds, ages and languages rub elbows over mouthwatering Tex-Mex combination plates. Aging hippies, Chicano hipsters, old-school Texans in cowboy hats, abuelitas, blues musicians, Western fiddlers — they're all there.



Sidestepper: Richard Blair's Timeless Great Idea

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Richard Blair is from Britain, but his heart is in Colombia. Blair went from producing albums for Peter Gabriel to immersing himself in the music and culture of Colombia — itself a country with deep African roots.

He chased a sound he'd heard in his head; one that mixed the ...


Alt.Latino's Midwinter Pick-Me-Up Mix

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The theme for this week's episode of Alt.Latino is simple: When you're having one of those days, just pop this mixtape into your cassette boombox and groove your blues away.

For some, it's the seemingly unending winter. For others, it's a day that started with spilled coffee, a missed train, ...


First Listen: Sidestepper, 'Supernatural Love'

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It's hard to keep a good idea down. In 1996, Richard Blair and Sidestepper introduced their innovative mix of Afro-Colombian and pop music to a Colombian scene that was about to explode onto the world stage.

The masterminds behind Bomba Estereo and the rappers in Choc Quib Town ...


Getting Personal With Alt.Latino Guest DJ Natalia Clavier

Thursday, January 21, 2016

This week on Alt.Latino, things get emotional quickly. That usually happens when singer Natalia Clavier and I get more than five minutes to talk about her music. The only difference: This time, we recorded it and added songs.

The result provides an insight into how Clavier's emotions and passions ...


Mariachi Flor De Toloache: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, January 08, 2016

Mariachi Flor de Toloache's 2014 self-titled debut album earned a Latin Grammy nomination in the Best Ranchera category — quite an accomplishment, given that the category celebrates an incredibly long tradition of Mexican music. But it was no fluke: The group's members come by their mariachi skills honestly and with ...


Ring In The New Year, 'Screwmbia' Style

Thursday, December 31, 2015

What's a New Year's Eve party without music?

This week, Texas DJ Luis Espada (a.k.a. King Louie) of the Peligrosa collective visits Alt.Latino to share samples of the style they created — the one they call "screwmbia."

The music is much more than a bunch of creative types taking liberties ...