Felix Contreras

Felix Contreras is co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's web-based program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture. It features music as well as interviews with many of the most well-known Latino musicians, actors, film makers and writers.

Previously, Contreras was a producer and reporter for NPR's Arts Desk and covered, among other stories and projects: a series reported from Mexico introducing the then-new musical movement called Latin Alternative; a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and helped produce NPR's award winning series 50 Great Voices.

He once stood on the stage of the legendary jazz club The Village Vanguard after interviewing the club's owner and swears he felt the spirits of Coltrane and Monk walking through the room.

Contreras is a recovering television journalist who has worked for both NBC and Univision. He's also a part-time musician who plays Afro-Cuban percussion with various jazz and Latin bands.

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Alt.Latino
12:37 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Guest DJ With California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

California poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 8:01 am

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Alt.Latino
10:39 am
Thu April 11, 2013

5 Stories About Immigration, In Song Form

Thousands of immigration activists gather in front of the U.S. Capitol on April 10, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 8:01 am

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SXSW: Live From Austin
11:04 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Bajofondo, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013

NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:18 am

With eight accomplished musicians from Argentina and Uruguay, and a sound rooted in tango traditions, Bajofondo lays out a visual and aural feast. Led by Oscar and Grammy winner Gustavo Santaolalla, the group mashes up traditional candombe sounds and other forms with electronica to produce a mix that's hypnotic and danceable.

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SXSW: Live From Austin
11:11 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Molotov, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013

Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:59 am

Politics and rock en Español go hand in hand, and Mexico City's Molotov is a flag-waver for that combination. The band formed in 1995 during an era in which seismic political changes transformed Mexican society; from the start, Molotov's music pointed fingers at economic and political institutions — and even aging rock stars.

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Alt.Latino
7:23 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Mad Musical Scientists: Latin Musicians Who Dare To Experiment

Sandra Velasquez's new album is titled Dig Deeper.
Shirley Rodriguez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 8:20 am

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Alt.Latino
9:02 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Cooking Tamales For The Beatles: Guest DJ Sandra Cisneros

Author Sandra Cisneros.
Jessica Fuentes Jessica Fuentes

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 8:04 am

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Best Music Of 2012
7:03 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Music Books Of 2012

Nishant Choksi

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 8:55 am

In 2012, writers who tackled musical topics dove deep, got weird, burrowed into a niche; we joyfully followed them to depths we never would have expected when the year began. We devoured works of criticism, history, biography and the Zen of John Cage and Tony Bennett.

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Alt.Latino
7:58 am
Thu December 6, 2012

How The Wolf Survived: 40 Years Of Los Lobos

Los Lobos.
Drew Reynolds

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 8:21 am

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The Record
11:41 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Jesse & Joy, Juanes Win Big At Latin Grammys

Jesse & Joy accept one of their four awards during the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on Thursday.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 1:31 pm

Click the audio link to hear Alt.Latino's Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd discuss the Latin Grammy Awards with Tell Me More's Michel Martin.

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Alt.Latino
9:32 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Cuban Sounds: From Mambo To Pop, And Back Again

Alex Cuba.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 8:24 am

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