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Mitski played her “last shows indefinitely” at SummerStage (pics, video, setlists)

Opening with “Goodbye, My Danish Sweetheart,” a crowd favorite from her 2013 sophomore LP, Retired From Sad, New Career in Business, Mitski soared through octaves while walking in a straight line toward the table and chair, a determined, deadpan stare in her eyes. She utilized the furniture for 19 songs, dancing in synchronized movements and rarely stopping in between them to speak except for after the third, where she delicately informed the crowd, “Hello, my name is Mitski. This is my band” before introducing her backing musicians — guitarist and producer Patrick Hyland, drummer Bruno Esrubilsky, keyboardist K. Marie Kim and bassist Jeni Magana. She sat up straight in the chair during the passionate “Old Friend.” She laid on the table, looking up at the ceiling while she brought her legs over her head, kicking back and forth during the thrilling final moments of “Why Didn’t You Stop Me?” During the pulsating “Washing Machine Heart,” she firmly lifted one leg up onto the table like the hand of a clock, moving it so independently of her body that she resembled Loonette from The Big Comfy Couch. [Rolling Stone]

Back in June, Mitski announced what she said would be her “last show(s) indefinitely;” “I’m not quitting music,” she clarified, but continued, “I’ve been on non-stop tour for over 5years, I haven’t had a place to live during this time, & I sense that if I don’t step away soon, my self-worth/identity will start depending too much on staying in the game, in the constant churn.” Those shows happened on Saturday and Sunday (9/7 and 9/8) at SummerStage in Central Park. We went to Sunday’s show, where Lucy Dacus‘ opening set was met with an enthusiastic reception. Mitski came out next for a heavily choreographed performance like she’s been doing all tour that’s part concert, part dance, and part performance art, and incorporated lots of material from her excellent 2018 album Be the Cowboy, as well as plenty of older songs. Check out pictures from the show in the gallery above, and watch videos, and find both night’s setlists (which were almost exactly the same), below.

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Setlist: Mitski at SummerStage in Central Park, 9/7/2019 (via)
Goodbye, My Danish Sweetheart
Why Didn’t You Stop Me?
Old Friend
Francis Forever
Dan the Dancer
Washing Machine Heart
I Will
I Don’t Smoke
First Love / Late Spring
Geyser
Townie
Nobody
Liquid Smooth
A Pearl
Thursday Girl
Your Best American Girl
I Bet on Losing Dogs
Drunk Walk Home
Happy
A Burning Hill

Encore:
Two Slow Dancers
Carry Me Out

Setlist: Mitski at SummerStage in Central Park, 9/8/2019 (via)
Goodbye, My Danish Sweetheart
Why Didn’t You Stop Me?
Old Friend
Francis Forever
Dan the Dancer
Washing Machine Heart
I Will
I Don’t Smoke
First Love / Late Spring
Geyser
Townie
Nobody
Liquid Smooth
A Pearl
Thursday Girl
Your Best American Girl
I Bet on Losing Dogs
Drunk Walk Home
Happy
A Burning Hill
My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars

Encore:
Two Slow Dancers
Carry Me Out

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