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Laura Marling On World Cafe

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Hear the British singer-songwriter perform a six-song set live onstage at WXPN. The folk musician, who recently moved to L.A., talks with host David Dye about her longing for normality in a nomadic lifestyle.

Laura Marling On World Cafe

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Elephant Revival, 'Birds And Stars' (Live)

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The Colorado band has made a few records that mix jam, bluegrass and folk music. But its latest finds what seems to be its sweet spot. Watch Elephant Revival perform "Birds and Stars" live.

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Black Joe Lewis On World Cafe

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The Austin-based blues-funk band revisits the World Cafe to perform songs from its new album, Electric Slave, which features a significant shift toward rock for the group.

Black Joe Lewis On World Cafe

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Ethan Johns On World Cafe

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The English musician and producer visits WXPN to perform songs from his debut album, If Not Now Then When? The son of record producer Glyn Johns, he reflects on the family business in a conversation with host David Dye.

Ethan Johns On World Cafe

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World Cafe Remembers Lou Reed

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This archival interview from 1996 features the late singer's insights into The Velvet Underground. Reed shares what went into writing the group's classic songs "Heroin" and "Sweet Jane."

World Cafe Remembers Lou Reed

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Modern Kin, 'Unannounced' (Live)

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The indie-rock band just released its self-titled debut album, which was produced by one of rock's formidable drummers, Janet Weiss. Watch the group perform "Unannounced" live at opbmusic's studios.

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Vintage Cafe: Adele

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With enthusiastic critical reception, Adele has been rewarded with "soul sensation" status in the U.K. on the strength of her powerful voice and winning personality. Hear her perform on this archived session of World Cafe from 2008.

Adele: A Soul Sensation At '19,' Revisited

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Julia Holter, 'City Appearing' (Live)

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The gifted composer has been melding the worlds of pop, classical and the avant-garde over the course of three acclaimed albums. Watch Holter and her live band perform "City Appearing" live.

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Marshall Crenshaw On World Cafe

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The singer-songwriter and guitarist provides listeners with a selection of staple Detroit songs for Sense of Place. The musician also talks with host David Dye specifically about the eccentric R&B artist and producer, Andre Williams.

Marshall Crenshaw On World Cafe

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Ann Delisi On World Cafe

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The host of WDET-FM's Essential Music highlights Detroit's top five new acts for Sense of Place. The chosen musicians range from atmospheric roots rockers to a '50s-pop-inspired band led by a 16-year-old.

Ann Delisi On World Cafe

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Mayer Hawthorne On World Cafe

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The retro-soul singer revisits the World Cafe for this week's Sense of Place: Detroit feature. In this episode, the musician, who began as a hip-hop artist, talks about how he was influenced by growing up in the Motor City.

Mayer Hawthorne On World Cafe

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Primal Scream, 'It's Alright, It's OK' (Live)

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British rock icon Bobby Gillespie and his band paid KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic a visit during their recent West Coast tour. Watch Primal Scream perform "It's Alright, It's OK," from this year's More Light LP.

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Rodríguez On World Cafe

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We revisit an archived studio session from 2009 with the Detroit folk rocker for Sense of Place. The musician was the subject of the 2012 documentary Searching for Sugar Man, which focused on his oblivious rise to fame in South Africa.

Rodríguez On World Cafe

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Electric Six On World Cafe

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Formed in 1996, the sextet equally encompasses elements of garage, disco, punk rock, new-wave and metal. Hear the group perform an energetic live set on this Sense of Place: Detroit feature.

Electric Six On World Cafe

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Mike Ellison On World Cafe

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In this installment of Sense of Place: Detroit, the hip-hop artist discusses his family's roots. Fellow Detroiter and hit-making producer Don Was, a fan of Ellison, was inspired to record and mix today's session.

Mike Ellison On World Cafe

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