Watch Mitski Perform 'Francis Forever' At SXSW 2016 Mitski performs an emotional, bass-driven ballad live at our SXSW showcase.

SXSW Music Festival

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

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.

Support for NPR Music comes from Blue Microphone.

[+] read more[-] less

More From Rock

Lo Moon performs live in the studio for KCRW. Brian Feinzimer/KCRW hide caption

toggle caption Brian Feinzimer/KCRW

Watch Lo Moon Play 'This Is It' In 360 Degrees

KCRW

The brooding pop band performs its shimmering single in the Morning Becomes Eclectic studio for KCRW.

Bruce Cockburn on Mountain Stage Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Bruce Cockburn On Mountain Stage

Hear the singer-songwriter and Canadian Music Hall of Famer perform for the 14th time on Mountain Stage.

Bruce Cockburn On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/550495287/550697108" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

A still from Radiohead's "Lift" video. YouTube hide caption

toggle caption YouTube

Radiohead Made A Video For 'Lift' In A Lift

Leave it to Radiohead to take a straightforward joke — Thom Yorke rides a lift for the song "Lift" — and make it surreal.

A still from St. Vincent's "New York" video. YouTube hide caption

toggle caption YouTube

St. Vincent's 'New York' Is A Bright Lament

Annie Clark channels the pain of her ballad into a corner flower store and a replica of the Astor Place Cube in a video directed by pop-artist Alex Da Corte.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile's Lotta Sea Lice comes out Oct. 13. Danny Cohen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Danny Cohen/Courtesy of the artist

Courtney Barnett And Kurt Vile Are Just Two Peas In A Pod, Continents Apart

Watch a charming video for "Over Everything," the first single from Barnett and Vile's album-length collaboration, Lotta Sea Lice, due Oct. 13.

Lydia Loveless on Mountain Stage Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Lydia Loveless On Mountain Stage

Hear the cowpunk rocker make her Mountain Stage debut with a setlist heavy on cuts from her 2016 album, Real.

Lydia Loveless On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/547120825/547256909" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Wilco performs at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Wilco, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

Twenty years in, the Chicago band has staying power without sacrificing a sense of sonic exploration. Hear its catalog-spanning Newport Folk set now.

Wilco, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/539980569/542131363" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top