RECAP: MS MR AT BOWERY BALLROOM

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Words by Conor Riley
Photographs by Justin Fulton

Last night, to celebrate the release of their album Secondhand Rapture and the kick off of their first headlining North American tour, New York-based MS MR played a lively hometown show to a packed Bowery Ballroom. With haunting vocals from singer Lizzy Plapinger (dressed in a black leather jacket with “Creep” bejeweled to the back and skintight purple pants) and chants, calls and instrumentals from producer/keyboardist Max Hershenow (who paired a fitted mesh football jersey with a canary yellow blazer), MS MR’s dream-pop production – full of echoed vocals and quick-thumping drums – translated effortlessly to a four-piece live band. And although they have been compared to artists like Florence and the Machine and Lana Del Rey, with their infectious stage presence and wall of sound, MS MR proved last night they are playing in nobody’s shadow but their own dark and dreamy one.

Check out MS MR on tour now, and download Secondhand Rapture on msmrsounds.com

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