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MOTHXR Hypnotize The Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday Night

September 29th, 2016

MOTHXR – The Bowery Ballroom – September 28, 2016

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Brooklyn’s MOTHXR (not to mention openers Behaviors and Black Coast) heated up a chilly Wednesday night at The Bowery Ballroom, performing in support of their debut album, Centerfold. Initially the band was a fun passion project, but after the release of the single “Easy,” the guys in MOTHXR knew they were on to something. Last night’s performance began with their hit song, “She Can’t Tell,” and as frontman Penn Badgley crooned, “I wake up in strange place,” the crowd went wild and sang along.

MOTHXR’s music is interesting: minimalist funk, dark lyrics and danceable beats. And with their suave and mysterious presence perfectly matching their persona, it’s difficult not to love their fresh sound. Rich guitar riffs and bright lights filled the room during “Impossible,” a wonderful, eclectic mix of R&B and indie rock that made it nearly impossible not to dance. MOTHXR will exceed any expectations live, Badgley surely knows how to hit some high notes, reminiscent of Prince. The band proves that sometimes taking a chance for passion is completely worthwhile. —Karen Silva | @ClassicKaren