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Simon Joyner: A Scene Pioneer Takes The Quiet Life

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.

One Grammy Award You Won't See On TV

Syl Johnson's box set, which his producer calls a labor of love, is nominated for two awards: Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes.

Ana Tijoux: Addressing Global Unrest In Rhyme

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.

An Understudy Turned Star Shines On The Met Stage

Jay Hunter Morris has become a surprise hit as Siegfried, the Norse hero in Wagner's Ring Cycle — widely considered one of the most challenging roles in opera.

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.