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NYC-based, indie-pop duo MS MR has announced a performance at Venue on October 23 in support of their debut album, Second Hand Rapture.
Lizzy Plapinger (MS) and Max Hershenow (MR) began their musical collaboration in December of 2010, recording in secrecy, at Hershenow’s home studio in Brooklyn, NY over the course of 2011. Produced by Hershenow, with additional production and mix by Tom Elmhirst, Second Hand Rapture is comprised of 12 tracks and includes the band’s debut single “Hurricane”.
In May of 2012 MS MR mysteriously released the eye-catching video for their single “Hurricane”, which was named “Best New Track” by Pitchfork and has since skyrocketed to over 1 million views. Noteworthy media outlets across the world were instantly captivated by the then unknown act’s compelling blend of nostalgic, atmospheric pop. Hurricane was the first of three additional tracks (Bones, Dark Doo Wop, and Ash Tree Lane) released off of the band’s critically acclaimed debut EP Candy Bar Creep Show. Debuted via a unique widget on MS MR’s Tumblr, the duo received praise for their unconventional EP to which The Guardian noted, “prepare to be blown away” and the Wall Street Journal raved, “a very promising debut.”
Recently MS MR played two sold-out nights at NYC’s Mercury Lounge and the band made their headlining, sold-out debut at the Echo in Los Angeles. MS MR’s ability to command a room has drawn attention to their live shows, which The Village Voice deemed “intoxicating and Time Out New York called “refreshingly sincere new-wave style mood pop.” Having toured with Marina and the Diamonds and Grouplove last year, the band made their debut at this year’s SXSW, perform at NYC’s Governor’s Ball and plan to tour through the release of their new album this summer.
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