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  • Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week

    Enlarge this image SoCal vocalist Nancy Sanchez rings in the holidays with a new track this week. Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the artist After a week spent ranking the best Latin music of 2018, it's time to get back to recent releases. This time around, our playlist features nostalgic hits by Nancy Sanchez and Bad Bunny alongside exploratory tracks by Natti Natasha and Mula with Sol Pereyra. This playlist, which you can listen to at the bottom of this page, is part of a series of NPR Music's favorite Latin songs, updated weekly on Spotify. Catch our weekly thoughts and hot takes below. Courtesy of the artist Nancy Sanchez, ...

  • Fantastic Negrito On World Cafe

    Enlarge this image Fantastic Negrito performing live at WXPN's Free At Noon Concert. Recorded live for this session. Senia Lopez/WXPN hide caption toggle caption Senia Lopez/WXPN "Plastic Hamburgers" "A Boy Named Andrew" "A Cold November Street" "A Letter to Fear" There is nothing subtle about Fantastic Negrito. When he came in to World Cafe, he was wearing this loud, funky, royal purple and gold-embroidered jacket, his hair was braided on the sides with this explosive shock of Mohawk. And where most of our guests sign our wall of fame with one Sharpie in some small spot that hasn't already been taken up, Fantastic ...

  • American Football Announces LP3 With Haunting 'Silhouettes'

    Enlarge this image American Football's third self-titled album comes out March 22. Atiba Jefferson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Atiba Jefferson/Courtesy of the artist If Braid's 2014 album No Coast was the blueprint for the return of the '90s emo guard, then Rainer Maria and American Football are its wise tenants. The former's S/T continued the graceful through-line of Rainer Maria's career, proving to be the scene's most consistently innovative. But American Football's second self-titled album provoked something of an existential question: What happens to the notebook scribblings of a lost, 20-something hopeless romantic at middle age? They flourish at the crinkliest pages. American Football has announced its third self-titled album (aka LP3), ...

  • Doyle Bramhall II On World Cafe

    Enlarge this image Doyle Bramhall II performs live at WXPN's Free At Noon Concert, recorded live for this World Cafe Session. Taylor Johnson/WXPN hide caption toggle caption Taylor Johnson/WXPN "Everything You Need" "Parvanah" "Searching For Love" Singer, songwriter and guitarist Doyle Bramhall II is a musicians' musician. He's worked with with Sheryl Crow, T-Bone Burnett, Willie Nelson, John Legend, Greg Allman, Norah Jones, Allan Toussaint and Michelle N'degllecello, and served as musical director for Roger Waters in the early '00s before partnering extensively with Eric Clapton. Those are some credentials. Listening to ...

  • Jazz, Love and Letting Loose: Brooklyn's Surprising Senior Jazz Scene

    As a producer on Jazz Night in America, part of my job is to highlight the intersections of jazz and everyday life. It's easy to get caught up in the large, romantic art projects and album releases, but what about the stories that are happening in our own backyards? When I started asking that question, I was introduced to Jazz 966. Odds are, when you think about going out, whether it's clubbing or to hear live music, you don't envision an elderly crowd. Most traditional clubs aren't set up to cater to the aging population and as a result, senior music lovers can be left out in the cold. There's where Jazz 966 comes in. Founded in 1990 by the Fort Greene Council in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jazz 966 is a senior center by day, but, on Friday nights, it transforms into a swinging jazz club. 966 is an affordable, inclusive, and lively refuge for seniors to hear live music — and, arguably, more importantly, to dance. The club's lineup runs the gamut, ranging from neighborhood locals to renowned jazz giants like trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. At Jazz Night, ...

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