Felix Contreras appears in the following:
Saturday, October 11, 2014
The singer has spent most of her career 20 feet from stardom as a backup singer for Juanes and Shakira. Now, she headlines a concert of her own behind Bob Boilen's desk.
Monday, September 29, 2014
The 10-piece salsa band has burnished its reputation on dance floors, where it never fails to make people move. So push some furniture out of the way, press play on this video, and enjoy.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
This week on Alt.Latino, hear a wide-ranging mix of new music, with everyone from young Nuyorican performer Princess Nokia to Brazilian legend Sergio Mendes.
Saturday, August 09, 2014
With her musical partner Carolyn Cardoza strumming a ukulele intently, Diaz conjures a place where emotions run deep and beauty is unmistakable. Watch them perform four songs in the NPR Music offices.
Friday, August 08, 2014
A gloriously unexpected cover of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" is just one surprise on this week's episode of Alt.Latino.
Saturday, August 02, 2014
The East L.A. band's mix of old and new sounds from across Mexico and the U.S. will penetrate the intellect even as it makes your hips sway. The resulting sound inspires as much as it entertains.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Los Rakas, Jorge Drexler, Viento Callejero and other musicians join co-host Felix Contreras to discuss their latest musical projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Alt.Latino discusses the iconic leader and his recent biopic with writer Gustavo Arellano and film critic Ann Hoyt.
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.