Felix Contreras

Felix Contreras appears in the following:

Xenia Rubinos: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, July 25, 2016

On Black Terry Cat and in the NPR Music offices, Rubinos' music uses her Afro-Caribbean roots as a jumping-off point for inventive, provocative songs.


First Listen: Various Artists, 'Quiero Creedence'

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A new compilation lets Latin Alternative artists (including Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Los Lonely Boys, La Marisoul, Juan Gabriel and more) transform and reimagine CCR's formidable catalog.


Three Cities, Four Festivals, One Alt.Latino Weekend

Friday, July 15, 2016

Philadelphia, New York and Chicago hosted four Latin Alternative music festivals within 48 hours of each other. Somehow, we managed to get to all of them.


Jane Bunnett: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Canadian jazz multi-instrumentalist performs in the NPR Music offices with some of the top young women musicians in Cuba.


Guest DJ Agustín Lira: Struggles And Hope

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The veteran protest singer reflects on a crucial time for the farm-worker movement when he helped organize workers using music.


First Listen: Jeff Beck, 'Loud Hailer'

Thursday, July 07, 2016

More than 50 years into his career, the guitar legend once again demonstrates his mastery of tone, while still balancing his trademark sound with powerful lead vocals.


Los Hacheros: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Sometimes it's necessary to get back to basics. In the case of Los Hacheros, that means returning to the deep groove of Afro-Caribbean music that provides the source material for modern salsa.


Alt.Latino's Puerto Rican Deep Cuts

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras shares some classic gems and some new tunes that both pay tribute to Puerto Rico's traditional sound and expand the island's musical tradition.


Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

In performance together, the venerated saxophonist and the ubiquitous pianist perform three tunes that draw from their past while still looking to the future.


First Listen: Agustín Lira, 'Songs Of Hope And Struggle'

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The California musician, along with his musical partner Patricia Wells, adapt their message of social justice for modern times, while maintaining the same inspirational lyrics and conviction.


Alt.Latino Takes On Classical Composers

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras teams up with NPR classical music maven Tom Huizenga to talk about composers from Mexico, Puerto Rico and Brazil, delighting host Linda Wertheimer.


A Guided Tour Of Colombian Music, From The Mountains To The Coasts

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Veteran radio host Betto Arcos has just returned from a trip to Colombia, and he comes to Alt.Latino bearing gifts — including a deep dive into the country's best folk and contemporary music.


We Are Everywhere: Latin Alternative Music In Unlikely Places

Thursday, June 02, 2016

As Latino populations grow in locations far from large urban centers, local music scenes are thriving. This week, Alt.Latino showcases a few artists from places off the beaten path.


Carrie Rodriguez: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, May 27, 2016

On her new album Lola, Rodriguez's bi-cultural life blossoms into a spectacular collection of stories and songs, several of which she performs in this Tiny Desk concert with guitarist Luke Jacobs.


Thelma & Luis: An Alt.Latino Road Trip With Attitude

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The lure of the open road was too much to resist this week, so Alt.Latino turns the volume up on a collection that includes Central American heavy metal, Cuban guitar jazz and Brazilian DJs.


First Listen: Xenia Rubinos, 'Black Terry Cat'

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rubinos returns fully formed, with her musical vision still finding ways to meld the unexpected, the familiar and, in songs like "Mexican Chef," the fiercely political.


From Duke To The Dead, Ralph J. Gleason Loved It All

Monday, May 23, 2016

Two new volumes of work by the legendary music writer Ralph J. Gleason are out this spring. Though he grew up during the Jazz Age, Gleason loved acts like Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead too.


First Listen: iLe, 'iLevitable'

Friday, May 20, 2016

Ileana Cabra Joglar came of age onstage, performing with her older brothers in Calle 13. Now, she emerges from their shadow with her solo debut, a collection of classic sounds.


Alt.Latino Goes Classical: Orchestral Music From Latin America

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Hear re-imagined pre-Colombian music and arias from the jungles of Brazil and beyond, chosen with the help of Tom Huizenga from NPR Music's Deceptive Cadence.


Steve Kimock: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, May 16, 2016

The veteran jam-rock guitarist's dedication to his instrument is matched only by his imagination. There's joy in hearing Kimock play acoustically, with no filter between his ideas and his fingers.