On the same night this January, I raced between Mercury Lounge to see up-and-coming NYC band MS MR and Highline Ballroom to catch a buzz-worthy Jessie Ware. Flash-forward three months and they’re touring together, perfectly complementing MS MR’s chillwave vibe and Ms. Ware’s silky smooth pipes and creating a very memorable night at Webster Hall.
MS MR opened with “Bones” off their EP Candy Store Creep Show. Lizzy’s voice haunts me and Max’s dancing bewitches me. I have a major crush on this band and their confidence and presence on stage has grown immensely. There’s a new album coming in May and the songs they performed from it sound promising. Their crowd-pleaser is still the debut single, “Hurricane.” “Welcome to the inner workings of my mind. So dark and foul I can’t disguise” pretty much says it all. Love.
Jessie Ware appeared in a full length black velvet dress which reminded me of a Marina & The Diamonds look I’ve witnessed on the very same stage. But Jessie’s got a special thing going on in her act. A beautiful girl with a smooth, well-controlled voice, she captivates her audience in both her banter and her beguiling craft. “Wildest Moments,” “If You’re Never Gonna Move” and “Taking In Water,” the latter dedicated to her brother, were among my favorite moments. But there were so many great moments it’s hard to narrow it down. I will say “Swan Song” moved me and allowed her to unleashed her voice in full-throttle, but my all-time favorite Jessie Ware song was saved until last. “Running” is brilliant. Next weekend I’ll be running to see her again at Coachella. Count on it.