Though Joyner has chosen to remain under the radar, the Omaha songwriter has had a huge influence; Beck and Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes have both cited him among their favorites. Joyner's latest project is a fan-funded double vinyl LP that will be out later this year.
Born in France after her Chilean parents fled Pinochet's regime, Tijoux has become one of the biggest names in Latin-American hip-hop. Her new album, La Bala, examines the current political struggles in Chile and abroad.
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.
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