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Mitski, 'I Don't Smoke' (Live At SXSW 2016)

"I Don't Smoke" features a drum machine and heavily distorted guitar and bass, but the song's power lies in the unbridled emotion in Mitski's voice. At our SXSW showcase, she performed the simple, yet intense song with an air of controlled passion.

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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