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10:45 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Los Tigres Turn Up The Heat On Mexican Folk Songs



Right now some of the hottest artists in Latin music are in Miami for the annual Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards. Those awards celebrate the most popular musicians in business innovators in Latin music.

Now if you are not an expert on Latin music, do not worry. We have you covered. Here to guide us, Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras. They are co-hosts of the NPR Podcast Alt.Latino. They've been with us this week to tell us which artists to keep an eye on.

Welcome back. Thanks for joining us again.

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Favorite Sessions
10:41 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Punch Brothers: Sophisticated Strings

Punch Brothers' members perform in WFUV's Studio A in New York.
Tim Teeling WFUV

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 11:12 am

The term "string band" tends to conjure up images of rustic simplicity, but Punch Brothers' music is anything but simple. Challenging to play, it offers many subtle pleasures, from strange musical structures to opaque lyrics. (I wouldn't have known that "Movement and Location," from the band's new album Who's Feeling Young Now?, had anything to do with baseball if Chris Thile hadn't explained it to me himself.)

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Music Reviews
10:40 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Howlin' Wolf: A Blues Legend With An Earthy Sound

Howlin' Wolf's masters from the Chess label have just been released on a four-disc set titled Smokestack Lightning: The Complete Chess Masters 1931-1960.

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9:53 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Toots Thielemans On JazzSet, With Kenny Werner

Toots Thielemans.

Jos Knaepen

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 10:39 am

More than 90 years ago, on April 29, 1922, Jean-Baptiste "Toots" Thielemans was born in Brussels. An organization formed to celebrate his landmark birthday, TOOTS90 is presenting a series of eight concerts, featuring Thielemans' quartet and special guests Kenny Werner on piano and Oscar Castro-Neves and Philip Catherine on guitar. All take place in Belgium, tracing a route from Antwerp to Gent, Brussels, Hasselt, Brugge, Liège and Dinant.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Cowboy Junkies: Tiny Desk Concert

Doriane Raiman NPR

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 9:18 am

Make a list of bands with integrity, still highly respected and still making music after 25 years, and that list will have Cowboy Junkies near the top. More active than ever, the group has released four new studio records in the past two years — an insane achievement. A prolific nature doesn't define greatness, of course, but these past few years have produced some of the best music Cowboy Junkies' members have ever made.

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