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  • Sunday Morning Alt.Latino Serenade: Four Tracks For Your Weekend

    Enlarge this image Musician Diana Gameros Courtesy of the Artist hide captiontoggle caption Courtesy of the Artist Once a month, Alt.Latino visits Weekend Edition Sunday to spread good cheer and cool Sunday morning music amidst the news of the day.This month another four tracks from four very creative groups and musicians who are redefining the idea of Latin music.Enjoy.Sunday Morning Serenade From Alt.Latino Courtesy of the Artist 07Do Arbolitos4:23Toggle more optionsEmbedEmbed"> <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">Dos Arbolitos by Diana GamerosSong: Do Arbolitos Courtesy of the Artist Veni Pa Ca by La Misa NegraSong: Veni Pa Ca[embedded content]YouTube Courtesy of the Artist Todo ...

  • 'Colors' Continues Beck's Postmodern Pastiche

    Enlarge this image Beck's latest album, Colors, is available now. Peter Hapak/Courtesy of the artist hide captiontoggle caption Peter Hapak/Courtesy of the artist The last time most of us saw Beck, he was onstage at the Grammy awards accepting the Album of the Year honor for his 2014 work Morning Phase and almost being interrupted by Kanye West.Days after Beck's Grammy moment, his press agent put the word out: The eclectic songwriter would release new music – upbeat, party songs he'd been recording over several years. That track, called "Dreams," came out as a single in June of 2015. And then it was pretty much radio silence until now.What took Colors, the newly released follow-up album, so long? Chalk it up to the great paradox of songcraft: Those effortless-sounding slices of pop euphoria — the moments that make you want to forget the world and crank up the volume — often involve painstaking detail work. Beck spent almost ...

  • Nora Jane Struthers Is Hard-Headed About Being Open-Hearted On 'Champion'

    The Nashville-based singer-songwriter has a new album that explores the joys of long-term commitment. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the collection is her most personal and accessible to date.Let's block ads! (Why?)

  • Taylor Swift Pines Hard For A Pretty Face On 'Gorgeous'

    Enlarge this image Taylor Swift in 2016. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger hide captiontoggle caption Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger Teased early Thursday with three caption-less Instagram posts, "Gorgeous" arrived just before midnight, finding Swift in more traditional pop territory than the previous releases from her upcoming sixth studio album Reputation, due Nov. 10.Over an undulating, minor-leaning beat, Swift pines hard for the one she can't have; in the bridge, she threatens a stumble home to her cats.[embedded content]YouTube"Gorgeous" follows the throat-clearing, sing-spoken single, "...Ready For It?" first previewed in prime-time, just ahead of the highly-anticipated, high-profile Alabama-Florida State college football season opener. Despite that, it was relatively forgotten considering the high anticipation coming into Reputation's announcement, currently sitting at No. 53 on the ...

  • Alt.Latino Guest DJ Antonio Sanchez: Jazz Drummer, Musical Activist

    Enlarge this image Justin Bettman/Courtesy of the Artist The jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez is much more than that job title suggests. With over 15 years playing for guitarist Pat Metheny and a handful of albums under his own name, Sanchez certainly fits the role of jazz cat.Listen closely to his playing, though, and you'll be hearing the expansion of percussion's role in music; a sonic, and melodic, experience that defies categories. This talent is maybe best expressed within the work Sanchez put into the soundtrack for Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu's 2014 film Birdman, which he composed entirely of drum improvisations that exquisitely mirror the intense emotions of the film.His new record, Bad Hombre, is an exploration of the interplay between his drum set and electronics and, as the title suggests, a personal statement on the current U.S. president's controversial statements during the campaign about Mexico and Mexicans.How does Sanchez take on what he perceived as national and personal slights with instrumental music?Listen to this ...

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