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World Cafe

Merge Records At 25

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Superchunk members Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance tell the story of the label they founded in 1989. We also hear live recordings from Merge's 25th-anniversary festival.

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SXSW 2013, Day Four: Deep Thoughts

On Friday in Austin, Texas, things get a little punchy, which doesn't stop our team from experiencing moments of sincere and genuine bliss.

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