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Mitski opened her set at NPR Music's 2016 SXSW showcase with one of the catchiest songs from Bury Me At Makeout Creek, her breakout 2014 album. Over crunchy guitars and punchy drums, she recounts a house party gone wrong and details her macabre romantic prospects: "I want a love that falls as fast as a body from a balcony / I want a kiss like my heart is hitting the ground."

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

On paper, Vince Staples headlining an NPR showcase doesn't make a lick of sense. He's a young, black rapper, with production that veers toward the dissonant and gritty, and aggressive, colorful lyrics that speak pointedly to the systemic issues that plague his hometown of Long Beach, Calif. But in action, Staples closing out a night that also featured soul, Chicano punk, indie rock and country made all the sense in the world.

In the 1970s and '80s, Timmy Thomas was the heart and soul of Miami's rhythm and blues wing. Not only was he a musical cornerstone of the local TK Records (KC & the Sunshine Band, George McRae) and a songwriter/producer for singers like Betty Wright and Gwen McRae; he was also a hit-maker, most importantly with the iconic 1973 soul No.

At midnight on Friday night, Mt. Wolf brought us a legitimate lullaby for our South X Lullaby series. Singing its single "Hex" while sprawled across the bed in Bob Boilen's hotel room, the British band made the otherwise anonymous space intimately personal. Sebastian Fox's delicate falsetto rests on a lush and light arrangement of chiming 12-string guitar, harmonies and brushwork. It's emotionally intense — but, as with any lullaby, never past the threshold where the neighbors come knocking.

Charles Bradley, the "Screaming Eagle Of Soul," premiered a new song, "Nobody But You," from his upcoming album, Changes, at our SXSW 2016 showcase.

Watch more individual songs from Bradley's concert via the set list below.

Set List

On Sunday, Holly Macve played her first show in the United States. Two nights later, behind the bustling Austin event space Palm Door on Sabine, the 20-year-old songwriter from County Galway in Ireland sang us a lullaby. Her song "Sycamore Tree" ponders the future while longing for the past: "One day when I'm old with my past behind me / I want to lay down in the shade of the same old sycamore tree," she sings. With the sound of a restaurant fan wheeling in the background, she drove us gently through the humid night toward whatever big things may await her.

At 10:00 p.m. on a wooden bridge over Waller Creek in Austin, Texas, two shocks of orange hair lit up the night. The musicians in Lucius gathered to perform our first South X Lullaby. Clad in matching blue onesies and jackets, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig sang "Dusty Trails," the closing song off their brand new record Good Grief, backed by Dan Molad, Andrew Burri and Peter Lalish. It's a song about finding your way in life, and growing older without losing hope. It is reassuring in its fortitude, and ceaseless in its hope.

At this point, the history of New Order is mythic.

Holiday music is typically a love-it-or-hate-it sort of thing. I'm a fan — my favorite is Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas — and I even I'll admit that musicians don't have many options for putting a new spin on holiday classics.

Then along came Gaby Moreno and her band.

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