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Don’t mistake MS MR’s ready-to-serve pop for run-of-the-mill Top 40 fodder. The New York City–based duo of Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow delivered on the glittery sonic promises made on their much-licensed EP, Candy Bar Creep Show, with the 2013 debut album, Secondhand Rapture. Hershenow’s chiseled, electronics-propelled melodies are deepened and darkened by Plapin-ger’s rich voice and moody lyrics. There is a bitter, almost sinister undertone to the easily accessible pop on Secondhand Rapture; see the creepy “Salty Sweet.” This ominous quality is cushioned in the finger-snapping hooks of “Think of You,” cleverly disguised in the irresistible “Hurricane,” and barely perceptible on the driving “Bones.” Live, MS MR’s taut performance is like never-ending bursts of color, a perfect second day for Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in L.A.

Sun., Nov. 2, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 11/02/14)