Feature Friday: MS MR

Written by Bailey Garno

Last December, I ventured to Main Street Armory in downtown Rochester, N.Y. with the intention of bouncing along with my little sister and roommate to some Vampire Weekend.  I did not, however, anticipate taking equal pleasure in jamming to one of the band’s opening acts, MS MR.  In fact, I didn’t even know beforehand who would be opening for Vampire Weekend.  As it turns out, I lost myself to the drumming, chromatic-like tunes of this NYC-based band.

MS MR is the result of a collaboration, with vocals by Lizzy Plaplinger and Max Hershenow producing alongside.  The two released “Hurricane” and “Fantasy” following their college graduation in 2010, the former tune popping up on iTunes in July 2012.  Everything you hear from MS MR is relatively new, as their debut album, titled Secondhand Rapture, was only released last May.  It sounds new, in that Generation Y and Z, Tumblr-emo kind of way.  It’s hard to explain, but just listen to “Fantasy” and “Bones” to get a taste of what I mean.

As if the music wasn’t good enough, the group is plain COOL!  Watching Lizzy jump around on stage, rockin’ dyed-green hair and a cropped tee, I was reminded of Gwen Stefani from her No Doubt days.  Lizzy has that same bad ass girl appeal.  In between tracks, she’d laugh with her band mates and interact enthusiastically with the crowd.  If you get a chance to watch MS MR perform live, I guarantee Lizzy will become your new woman crush!

Big news for the band too: on December 2nd, they announced on their Tumblr page a tour in March and April of this year.  They’ll be headlining shows in Boston and Denver, while opening for the indie rock talents of Grouplove and once for Haim in Vegas.

Lastly, the Coachella line-up was announced in early January, and MS MR will be performing!  It’s great news for a group that is so new to the music scene—which means you have to check them out now.  Secondhand Rapture is on iTunes and Spotify now.  Rock away!


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