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Craig Finn On World Cafe

Hear the Hold Steady singer perform quiet, moody songs from his solo debut, Clear Heart Full Eyes.

Notes From A Former 'Guitar Zero'

NYU psychology professor Gary Marcus took up guitar at the relatively ancient age of 38, by starting with the video game Guitar Hero. Marcus shares his experiences and insights on the science of learning, which he's gathered in a new book Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning.

What The Grammys Say About Pop Music Now

The range in the Best New Artist category dissolves the idea that mainstream music sounds the same.

Sharon Van Etten: Hypnotically Complicated

Van Etten's new album, Tramp, is titled after the touring artist's time of essential homelessness. It's full of unresolved restlessness, infinite-loop longing and expansive vocals.

Nils Lofgren On World Cafe

Hear the rocker perform gritty and nostalgic songs from his new album, Old School, on today's show.

Behind The Glamour, GRAMMY Controversy Brewing

During this Sunday's GRAMMY Awards, genres such as Native American, Hawaiian and Cajun music are merged into one category. The decision has caused some backlash with charges of racism and exclusion. Host Michel Martin discusses the decision with Felix Contreras, a reporter for NPR's Arts Desk and co-host of NPR Music's Alt.Latino podcast.