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So The Punk Says To The Ranchero, 'You Should Listen To Piñata Protest'

Piñata Protest. From left to right: Jose Morales, JJ Martinez. Foreground: Alvaro del Norte, Marcus Cazares
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Piñata Protest. From left to right: Jose Morales, JJ Martinez. Foreground: Alvaro del Norte, Marcus Cazares

On Alt.Latino, Felix Contreras and I often discuss how much we love celebrating things that mix the old with the new. As Latinos, we constantly receive marketing messages from Hispanic and non-Hispanic entertainment industries alike, each desperate to tap into our ever-growing population. As a result, there's a lot of information (and misinformation) thrown our way about who we are, where we come from and where we're going. Lost in all that noise is the truth, and it doesn't always come in a shiny package.

That's why we love the band Piñata Protest, which has never been afraid to make noise; to be complicated, unconventional, new and old at the same time. The ranchero punk group has had our heart since the first time we met, and it was a pleasure to sit down with singer Alvaro Del Norte at KUT's studios in Austin, Texas. So tune in and hang tight — this week's show is a whirlwind.

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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.