South X Lullabies Single-song, late-night, single-camera shoots from the SXSW music festival.
London-based band Mt. Wolf performed a South X Lullaby.
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Soccer Mommy's 'Wildflowers' Blooms In A Transcendental Junk Shop

Our South X Lullaby with Soccer Mommy took us away from the frenetic world of the South by Southwest music festival and into "your eccentric uncles attic on steroids," Uncommon Objects.

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See Lucy Dacus Play A Haunting Version Of 'Historians'

Dacus performs "Historians," from her deeply personal and triumphant new album, in an art installation at SXSW that evokes the challenges of human communciation.

Kevin Morby (right) and Katie Crutchfield perform a South X Lullaby. Aaron Rogosin for NPR hide caption

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In Downtown Austin, Katie Crutchfield Joins Kevin Morby On 'Downtown Lights'

In the courtyard of St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin, with the sounds of the city and SXSW echoing in the background, Kevin Morby and Katie Crutchfield perform a song of quiet comfort.

Becca Mancari performs a South X Lullaby. Aaron Rogosin for NPR hide caption

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Becca Mancari's 'Dirty Dishes' Becomes A Broken Admission

In an art installation full of faces, Becca Mancari can't face herself. This performance of the introspective centerpiece to her album Good Woman underlines the song's lonely atmospherics.

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Natalie Prass Dims The Lights On 'Short Court Style'

Natalie Prass turns the laid-back groove of "Short Court Style" into the soft murmurs of late-night devotion.

Mal Blum performs at the Future of Secrets art installation during SXSW. Nickolai Hammar/NPR hide caption

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Mal Blum Shares Unreleased 'See Me' In Room Full Of Secrets

In front of a SXSW art installation about secrets, Mal Blum had the perfect song to play — an unreleased track about how one sees oneself versus how others see us.

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Escape The Noise: Watch 9 Lullabies From Austin

Lydia Ainsworth, Phoebe Bridgers, L.A. Salami, Valerie June, Let's Eat Grandma and others sing us quiet songs on hotel beds and in art installations during SXSW.

L.A. Salami performs "Day To Day (For 6 Days A Week)" during SXSW. Nickolai Hammar/NPR hide caption

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L.A. Salami Takes A Long Exhale Of The Day Before Midnight

Standing on the smoking balcony of a hotel overlooking the Austin skyline, L.A. Salami plays "Day To Day (For 6 Days A Week)" for a small crowd just before midnight.

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Let's Eat Grandma Plays A Midnight Nursery Rhyme

The British duo plays a gloomy and stirring nursery rhyme in an Airstream trailer like something out of a David Lynch film.