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From Peruvian Jungle Laments To Grand Theft Auto V

Lulu Jankilevich, singer of the Argentine band Los Labios.
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Lulu Jankilevich, singer of the Argentine band Los Labios.

At Alt.Latino, we go out of our way to reflect the incredible eclecticism of Latin music — and this week is no exception, as we feature killer vintage Peruvian cumbia, newer Argentine cumbia, Puerto Rican garage rock and a stunning Mexican rockera who's featured on one of Grand Theft Auto V's soundtracks. We're all over the place, literally.

But there's also a method to our apparent madness: if you pay attention, we're connecting musical dots to trace a history of Latin rock. See what we did there? You get to learn something and get down at the same time!

As always, please pass along your own musical recommendations in the comments section.

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Jasmine Garsd is an Argentine-American journalist living in New York. She is currently NPR's Criminal Justice correspondent and the host of The Last Cup. She started her career as the co-host of Alt.Latino, an NPR show about Latin music. Throughout her reporting career she's focused extensively on women's issues and immigrant communities in America. She's currently writing a book of stories about women she's met throughout her travels.