Latin music is all too often reduced to dance-pop, tropical and regional Mexican styles only. Meanwhile, mainstream indie rock (what? it's a thing) is dominated by English-speakers. And what gets left out of those equations? Well, just about every band on this list, for starters. Once the provenance of post-grunge stadium rockers, Latin alt or indie today is a wealth of fascinating scenes and sounds. Don't take our word for it: Check out the awesome Latin indie culture site [Remezcla](http://remezcla.com/), where you'll also find lots of great recaps and video footage from this past week's Latin Alternative Music Conference, the annual showcase of awesome Latin indie-pop, rock, electronic music and hip-hop. You'll find quite a few LAMC participants and performers on our roundup of some of this year's top Latin alt albums so far (such as the woman behind #1, [Xenia Rubinos](http://www.rhapsody.com/goto?rcid=art.53016818)!), plus a bunch more chunky dance beats, alt- _folklorico_, vintage psychedelic cuts, killer indie rock and shimmering electro-pop. Dive in!
The members of punk-pop foursome Panda have described themselves as "a band that you either love or hate." They're known for sardonic lyrics and a sound that ranges from hard rock to emo, and their videos have become a constant presence on MTV Latin America. Panda's fourth album, Amantes Sunt Amentes, was nominated for two 2007 Latin Grammy awards. With popularity has also come controversy for the Monterrey band. The Mexican press has accused them of plagiarizing songs by My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy. And their video "Los Malaventurados No Lloran," which deals with teen suicide, was banned from broadcast television in the U.S. The members of Panda are Pepe Madero (singer), Arturo Arredondo (guitar), Jorge Vazquez (drums) and Ricardo Trevino (bass).