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Songs from the best albums of 2011, as chosen by NPR.
From the streets to your headphones, a mix of old school and new school tunes from the biggest names in Latin Hip-Hop.
An exploration of the Latin 'indie' scene through the songs of popular bands as well as emerging acts.
Montreal has inspired generations of musicians with its artistic, multicultural character. Today the city's musicians blend indie, alt-folk, electronic, and post-rock influences to create Canada's most intriguing music scene.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor,
The Barr Brothers,
Black Ox Orkestar,
We Are Wolves,
A collection of some of the best protest punk to celebrate a fundamental democratic tradition: revolutionary political dissidence.
The So So Glos,
A nice, relaxed dinner party needs a nice, relaxed soundtrack. Enjoy the best female jazz singers from the '40s to today, singing standards and forgotten favorites. Pass the wine, please.
Nothing pairs better with good weather than Latin jazz. Enjoy this playlist with the sun on your face and a mojito in your hand.
Spanish Harlem Orchestra,
Every year, the CMJ Music Marathon takes over 75 venues in NYC, offering up performances from over a thousand indie and up-and-coming bands. Here's a slice of the notable acts playing CMJ in 2011.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.,
"A scattering of music that meant something to me, some of which may be weird, personal, unimportant, or not-for-everyone." Nitsuh Abebe, NYMag