Felix Contreras

Felix Contreras appears in the following:

First Listen: Quetzal, 'Quetzanimales'

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Quetzal has spent two decades playing the soundtrack of its East L.A. neighborhoods: an evolving mash-up of Mexican son jarocho, low-rider oldies, cumbia, boleros, rock and blues.


A New World Of Expression: Latino Identity Through Music

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Alt.Latino celebrates its fourth birthday with musicians from Winnipeg to Buenos Aires. Together, the selections reflect a new Latino identity, with sounds both new and traditional.


Guest DJ With Adrian Quesada, A Man Who Needs Four Bands

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, The Echocentrics, Ocote Soul Sounds and Spanish Gold all capture the vision of the Austin musician. This week on Alt.Latino, Quesada spins some of his favorite music.


First Listen: Brownout, 'Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath'

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Latin funk, Black Sabbath tribute reminds listeners of the timeless sound the iconic heavy metal band made, with horns, congas and attitude.


Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies

Friday, June 13, 2014

The beloved musician had a slight frame, an almost feminine voice and a late revival after a promising start and years of neglect.


First Listen: Meridian Brothers, 'Salvadora Robot'

Sunday, June 08, 2014

The Colombian band thoroughly understands musical traditions. How better to eviscerate them? Meridian Brothers' off-kilter melodies veer from the inviting to the dissonant in a matter of seconds.


First Listen: Pasatono Orquesta, 'Maroma'

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Mexican roots band's new album is dedicated to the music of 19th-century one-man circuses. A true melting pot, Maroma draws on everything from polkas and mambos to Dixieland jazz.


The Grateful Dead's Ultimate 'Dark Star' To Be Reissued

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Grayfolded, an epic version of over 100 layered versions of the Grateful Dead's signature jam, is being re-released as a triple LP.


Remembering Armando Peraza, An Afro-Cuban Percussion Giant

Thursday, May 01, 2014

It's hard to imagine a musical career that included musicians as varied as Charlie Parker and Carlos Santana. But such was the resumé of Armando Peraza after almost 70 years of making music.


First Listen: Pacifika, 'Amor Planeta'

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Pacifika's music isn't in a hurry, instead allowing plenty of space for the sounds to sink in and draw you closer. It's hard to play slowly and still be expressive, but Pacifika has mastered that art.


First Listen: Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Orchestra, 'The Offense Of The Drum'

Sunday, April 27, 2014

O'Farrill's new album transforms big-band Latin jazz into something familiar, but with a new look. Its music moves forward in a subtle and graceful way that's likely to have a lasting impact.


Si Se Puede: Cesar Chavez, The Man Vs. The Movie

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Alt.Latino discusses the iconic leader and his recent biopic with writer Gustavo Arellano and film critic Ann Hoyt.


Federico Aubele: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Argentine singer-songwriter uses his dark, husky voice to produce a specific effect in the songs he performs at the NPR music offices: Together, they jell into one impressionistic midtempo ballad.


Paco De Lucia, Modern Superstar Of Flamenco, Dies

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Traditional flamenco is a singer's art, born in the cradle of Roma culture in Spain. De Lucia was neither a singer nor Roma, which makes his accomplishments all the more extraordinary.


Sofia Rei: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, February 22, 2014

For about 20 minutes one sunny afternoon, the NPR Music offices were converted into a small Latin American folk club, where Rei and her band treated us to stellar musicianship and genre-bending music.


Ringing In Black History Month With Latin Music

Friday, February 07, 2014

It is impossible to separate Latin music from its African roots. And what would be the point in trying? Meet some artists who are mashing and mixing African and Latin musical traditions in new and unexpected ways.


First Listen: Gina Chavez, 'Up.Rooted'

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Whether she sings in English or Spanish, Chavez captures a healthy dose of American soul, country and rock music, and she could hold her own with any Mexican ranchera singer, past or present.


A Dictator And The Music He Loved To Hate: Spanish Songs Of Rebellion

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Alt.Latino examines the role of rock and flamenco in regimes such as Francisco Franco's in Spain.


La Santa Cecilia: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, December 16, 2013

La Santa Cecilia spreads joy every time its members plug in to do a show. They do it one dance step at a time, with cumbias, corridos, elegant mambos and plain old rock 'n' roll. The video here provides just a hint of the band's dynamic live shows, albeit a spectacular one.


Buika: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, August 26, 2013

Concha Buika's voice doesn't come from inside her petite body: It comes from Africa, and from the past. There are obvious traces of flamenco, itself a historical mash-up of the Moors and various transitory cultures in southern Spain and north Africa. Watch Buika perform in the NPR Music offices.