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MS MR at Austin City Limits in 2013
MS MR at Austin City Limits in 2013
Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
Years active2011–2023

MS MR (pronounced Miz Mister) was a New York-based American pop duo, consisting of vocalist Lizzy Plapinger and producer Max Hershenow. The duo are signed to Iamsound,[1] Kitsuné and Columbia Records.[2] Plapinger is also known for her work as co-founder of the New York City/London-based Independent record label Neon Gold Records.[3] Their music has been characterized as indie pop, alternative rock, dream pop and dark wave.


MS MR performing at Michalsky StyleNite of Berlin Fashion Week in August 2013

After both members graduated from Vassar College in 2010, MS MR released a four-song digital demo EP, Ghost City USA (2011), followed by two 2012 singles, "Hurricane" and "Fantasy". The music video for their debut single, "Hurricane", was released on April 26, 2012, with the single released on iTunes on July 10, 2012. It earned positive reviews for its "vintage" sound.[4] The single charted at number 38 in Germany.[5]

"Hurricane" was included on their debut EP, Candy Bar Creep Show, alongside the songs "Bones", "Dark Doo Wop" and "Ash Tree Lane". The EP was released on September 14, 2012.[6]

The music video for their second single, "Fantasy", was released on February 4, 2013. The song was later released on iTunes on March 8, 2013 and became a single of the week.

Their debut album, Secondhand Rapture, was released on May 10, 2013, and included all four songs from the prior EP.

On July 17, 2015 they released their second album, How Does It Feel. After touring for much of 2016, the band announced a hiatus in January 2017 while Plapinger focused on her solo project, LPX.[7] On 7th August, 2023, they announced via social media that a new single, called "Saturn Return", would be available to listen to on 6th September. Additionally, it was announced that this would be the last single the duo would make as MS MR.

MS MR's sound has been compared to Florence and the Machine,[8] Lana Del Rey and Kavinsky.[4] Despite growing up in London, Plapinger has an American accent; her parents are American and she attended an international school.[9]



  1. ^ "MS MR". IAMSOUND Records. Archived from the original on July 1, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Columbia Records". Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  3. ^ "MS MR | Idol Magazine". idolmag.co.uk. Archived from the original on August 25, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Gilfillan, Anna (June 5, 2012). "The Ripe | New Music – MS MR – Hurricane". The Ripe. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  5. ^ "Ms Mr". αCharts. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  6. ^ St. Asaph, Katherine (October 5, 2012). "MS MR: Candy Bar Creep Show | Album Reviews". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  7. ^ Tom, Lauren (April 14, 2017). "LPX's Lizzy Plapinger Gets Real About Solo Project & Releases New Single 'Tremble'". Billboard. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  8. ^ Reese, Nathan (May 22, 2012). "This Is Our Jam: MS MR, "Hurricane"". refinery29.com. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  9. ^ Anderson, Stacey (May 2, 2014). "Lizzy Plapinger of MS MR: The Melody Maker". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 9, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014.

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