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On The Scene: Grouplove and MS MR at Terminal 5, NYC

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on March 27, 2014

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    New York City -- Last night, Grouplove and MS MR teamed up for their first of two nights at Terminal 5. The sold-out venue was jam-packed before MS MR's Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow took to the stage to deliver a performance worthy of a headlining slot. 

    Yet the energy managed to expand trifold as the crowd awaited Grouplove's entrance - which they made to A$AP Ferg's "Wild For The Night." If you're yet to catch the LA-based band live, let me start by saying I've never seen any other band match their playful intensity on stage. There is never a dull moment as the group moves about the stage led by Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi's twirls, jumps, head bangs, and dance moves. Their light show doesn't disappoint either - with flashes of light timed with their onstage antics and colors as bright as the psychedelic eyes on their Spreading Rumours cover. 

    Hooper has described 2013's release as straddling the "line of being really fun but also having a feeling of hectic rebellion," a realization that helps explain the band's live persona and music as a whole. They're poppy, singing along with crowds filled with largely teenage girls, and fun-spirited, howling and joking around with each other in between songs, but they're far from the music topping the pop charts, and the pop stars behind them. Grouplove's sound falls somewhere in between alternative rock and synth-based pop, and that's exactly where I hope they'll stay.  

    Click through the gallery for a few shots of both Grouplove and MS MR, including plenty of mid-air jumps and even some crowd surfing by Grouplove drummer and producer Ryan Rabin. Catch Grouplove and MS MR on the festival circuit at Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Firefly.

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    See Also:

    Photo Gallery: Firefly 2012 with Grouplove
    Photo Gallery: Gov Ball 2013 with MS MR
    Photo Gallery: BottleRock 2013 with Grouplove