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What's New in Latin Alternative Music According to NPR's Alt.Latino: Andrea Escheverri, the Meridian Brothers and Juana Molina [LISTEN]



Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras, the hosts of Alt.Latino, spoke with NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday about new music that is "Rocking the Americas." Alt.Latino is a weekly podcast that covers the Latin alternative music and rock scene.

Garsd begins the segment saying, "The music scene in Mexico City is probably one of the bigger scenes in Latin America. Someone a few nights ago told me... if you want to make it in the Latin music industry, first, you have to make it in Mexico."

Some of the duo's recommendations after observing the Mexico City scene include the Meridian Brothers, Juana Molina and Andrea Escheverri.

The Meridian Brothers

The members of this Colombian group aren't really brothers. There aren't actually even members — it's just a one-man band made up of Elbis Alvarez. According to Contreras, Alvarez's album, "Devoción" sounds like "cumbia meets Sun Ra meets Frank Zappa meets John Gate."

The track he recommends is the psychedelic, haunting "El Jazz Del Cupasangres" (The Bloodsucker Jazz).

Listen to the track here:

Juana Molina

Molina is an Argentine TV comedian-turned-electrofolk artist. She began her career on the television show La Noticia Rebelde and then the sketch variety show Juana y sus hermanas. In 2003, Entertainment Weekly named her album "Segundo" Best World-Music Album, and her album, "Tres Cosas", was named in The New York Times Top Ten Records of 2004. She will release her upcoming record, "Wed 21" on Oct. 29.

The track that Garsd recommends is her single "Eras," in which she sounds a bit like a Spanish-speaking Björk mixed with Cat Power.

Listen to the track here:

Andrea Escheverri

Escheverri is the co-leader of the Colombian band Aterciopelados. She just released a new album called "Ruisensora." The track that Contreras recommends is "Cuando Yo Sea Chiquita." He mentions Escheverri among "strong women of substance, style and emotional impact."

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