The new band, MS MR, has been popping up all over the place lately. Lizzy Plapinger, MS, and Max Hershenow, MR, of New York seemed to have exploded on to the scene in 2012 with their song, “Hurricane.” They have since received more than 1.5 million views for an unofficial video for the track on YouTube, was awarded ‘Best New Track’ on Pitchfork, and the single quickly rose to number one on Hype Machine.

You may have already heard their song, “Bones,” from the trailer for Game of Thrones Season 3 and “Hurricane” on catwalks during Fashion Week. I had heard their song, “Dark doo wop” in 2012 off of their EP, but after I heard the first track off of their upcoming album Secondhand Rapture, called “Fantasy,” I really fell in love and just sat down to listen to everything they put out.

The duo, reminiscent to the sounds of  Florence and the Machine, Lana Del Rey and Kavinsky, released their debut album, Secondhand Rapture, on May 10, 2013.

Fantasy (live) by  MS MR on Like A Version [Go to 0:53]

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A Youthful Voice

I was armed with my laptop streaming live coverage of the event through various web and news sites, I listened to my phone streaming special live coverage from NPR, and I kept in touch with friends watching the election unfold through Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and text. We were all pumped and excited to the point where we all could have been mistaken for football fanatics at the Super Bowl. I was truly amazed for more reasons than just getting to hear the election results, but because I had encountered so many young voters who took the time and try to educate themselves on the issues and voice their opinions at the polls.

I was so proud of my generations attempt at completing their civic duty and caring about their future. They saw the importance of knowing what was going on around them and how it could affect their entire life, and regardless of who they voted for or their political affiliation, I was, and I’m still, incredibly happy that the majority of my friends (except for one individual who has complained about her rights before…) mailed a ballot in or went to their voting place to make a difference. Continue reading “A Youthful Voice”