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Mitski, 'Francis Forever' (Live At SXSW 2016)

"Francis Forever" opens with just Mitski and her bass. "I don't know what to do without you," she sings mournfully at our SXSW showcase. The song grows to incorporate Casey Weissbuch's drum machine, then Callan Dwan's distorted guitar and eventually Weissbuch's full kit, climaxing in a powerful riff from the whole band.

Watch the entire set here, or check out individual songs in the set list below.

Set List

  • "Townie"
  • "First Love"
  • "I Want You"
  • "Francis Forever"
  • "I Don't Smoke"
  • "Once More To See You"
  • "Your Best American Girl"
  • "I Will"
  • "Drunk Walk Home"
  • Credits

    Producers: Saidah Blount, Mito Habe-Evans, Otis Hart; Technical Director: Josh Rogosin; Director: Mito Habe-Evans; Videographers: Nickolai Hammar, Katie Hayes Luke, Cameron Robert, A.J. Wilhelm, Lizzie Chen; Editor: Niki Walker; Audio: Timothy Powell/Metro Mobile; Assistant Audio Engineer: Loretta Rae; Production Assistants: Erin Conlon, Nathan Gaar; Editors: Niki Walker, Kara Frame. Photography: Adam Kissick. Special Thanks: SXSW, Stubb's BBQ; Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann.

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