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Rodrigo y Gabriela Spin The Songs Behind Their Wild Sound

Gabriela Quintero and Rodrigo Sanchez
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Gabriela Quintero and Rodrigo Sanchez

It's been a fascinating journey following the trajectory of Rodrigo y Gabriela as they rose from self-imposed exile from their native Mexico on the streets of Dublin to international acclaim and admiration.

All with just two acoustic guitars.

As usual, the genius is in the details. On this episode of Alt.Latino, we take a deep dive into their musical DNA to get a more complete picture of how their disparate musical influences come together to create a sound that is immediately identified as "Rod y Gab."

We asked Rodrigo y Gabriela to bring in a handful of songs that have influenced them. As musicians say of one another, they have "big ears," meaning they listen to a wide variety of genres and styles. Punk, jazz, funk and, of course, metal. Now that they mention it, yeah... I can hear it all.

Rodrigo y Gabriela's Alt.Latino Playlist

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Felix Contreras is co-creator and host of Alt.Latino, NPR's pioneering radio show and podcast celebrating Latin music and culture since 2010.