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Townes van Zandt (left) and Jeff Buckley (right).

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World Cafe Looks Back: Musicians We Miss

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Celebrate the lives and legacies of two American songwriters, Townes Van Zandt and Jeff Buckley, with their intimate interviews from the World Cafe vault.

World Cafe Looks Back: Musicians We Miss

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World Party's Karl Wallinger On World Cafe

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Hear the venerated Welsh singer-songwriter perform songs from his new box set, titled Arkeology.

World Party's Karl Wallinger On World Cafe

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KCRW Presents: M. Ward

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The understated singer, guitarist and songwriter performed an exclusive concert for KCRW at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio. Watch a four-song set.

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Punch Brothers: Sophisticated Strings

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Hear the subtle pleasures, strange musical structures and opaque lyrics of the popular string band, led by Nickel Creek's Chris Thile, in this studio session with WFUV.

Punch Brothers: Sophisticated Strings

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Michael Kiwanuka On World Cafe

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Hear the rising singer-songwriter play songs from his timeless new record, cover Jimi Hendrix and discuss his collaboration with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.

Michael Kiwanuka On World Cafe

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Daniel Rossen On World Cafe

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Hear the Grizzly Bear member discuss and perform songs from his solo EP, Silent Hour/Golden Mile.

Daniel Rossen On World Cafe

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Ben Howard On World Cafe

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Hear quiet, meditative songs from the singer-songwriter's first full-length album, Every Kingdom.

Ben Howard On World Cafe

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Now, Now: Indie Pop's New 'Threads'

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The Twin Cities rock trio released its new album, Threads, on Chris Walla's record label. See what attracted his attention in this video from Minnesota's The Current.

Uncle Tupelo at the Sapphire Supper Club in Orlando, Fla. Jeff Tweedy (second from left) went on to form Wilco, while Jay Farrar (second from right) created Son Volt.

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World Cafe Looks Back: Uncle Tupelo's Family Tree

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The extraordinary and influential alt-country group was a standard-bearer for the genre, and later spawned Wilco and Son Volt after it broke up in the mid-'90s.

World Cafe Looks Back: Uncle Tupelo's Family Tree

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Grimes On World Cafe

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Hear the Canadian singer, whose recent album Visions has been described as "cyborg pop," perform her unique electronic songs in the studio.

Grimes On World Cafe

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For Rashida Jolley, A Harp To Make More Than Music

Singer-songwriter Rashida Jolley uses the harp to accompany her fusion of pop, hip-hop, R&B and classical music. The Washington native's debut album is called Tales of My Heart. She shares her music and her musical inspirations with host Michel Martin.

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KCRW Presents: Mark Lanegan

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The former lead singer of Screaming Trees pays a visit to the KCRW studios in Santa Monica to record a session for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

KCRW Presents: Mark Lanegan

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Emeli Sande On World Cafe

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Hear the U.K. soul singer perform soaring, dance-friendly songs from her debut album, Our Version of Events.

Emeli Sande On World Cafe

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Geographer On World Cafe

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The glittery electronic pop-rock trio performs songs from its latest album, Myths, on today's show.

Geographer On World Cafe

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World Cafe Looks Back: Coldplay

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Trace the band's maturation with three interviews from this past decade — including a recent visit to World Cafe to discuss its new, Brian Eno-produced dance-rock record, Mylo Xyloto.

World Cafe Looks Back: Coldplay

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