MUNA @ The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

Photos & Review by : Blanton Leigh

MUNA took a break from opening for Kacey Musgraves on her Star-Crossed tour to play a headlining show at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC on February 7, 2022. What can I possibly say about this show other than how unabashedly positive, fun, and queer this show was, and I loved every second of it. MUNA came out swinging and didn’t let up their entire set. It was electric, the whole band had this unrelenting kinetic energy and interaction with each other, and the crowd that was something to experience. If you weren’t dancing, you were probably the most boring person in the room, because even I couldn’t help myself from dancing, their music is so infectious, it’s criminal not to dance along to. The whole venue was just filled with so much love; from the band, to the fans and back. MUNA created the safest space for their fans to feel alive and free to be themselves, whoever they may be, and how ever they choose to identify.

MUNA played hits from their first two albums, About U and Saves the World, while also performing some new music from their upcoming third album, such as their hit with Phoebe Bridgers, Silk Chiffon, which is just happiness in the form of song if you ask me, as well as some unreleased tracks from aforementioned third album, and had everyone singing along to them by the end of the first chorus.

I would be remiss by not mentioning the amazing opening act for this show, Amythyst Kiah, who absolutely blew me away. She had a simple set up, just her voice and her guitar, and thats all she needed to be one of the best live performers I’ve seen. Her voice conveyed so much emotion, like there was some catharsis letting out the words of the songs she’d written, as well as a haunting cover of Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart, which she has recently released as a single. Do not sleep on this east-Tennessee artist, you will regret it.

If you have yet to check out this band, please do, because you are missing out, and this is coming from someone who only knew a few of their songs before the show, so I’m basically calling myself out on that one. I am so happy and so proud to call myself a fan of MUNA.


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