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MUNA at Hotel Saint Cecilia/SXSW

MUNA at Hotel Saint Cecilia/SXSW (photo by Nick D'Agostino/WFUV)


This week at SXSW, FUV caught up with several young artists and bands, all on the verge of bigger things, at Austin's Hotel Saint Cecilia. The Los Angeles trio MUNA skitters between synthpop and R&B, all with a darkly beguiling cast.

Singer Katie Galvin and guitarists Josette Maskin and Naomi McPherson bring striking production flourishes to their singles, like the brand new "Winterbreak," that will be on their latest EP, Loudspeaker, released May 6. In this performance at Hotel Saint Cecilia, the band shared the title track of that EP with just two guitars and three voices, and the sparse arrangement lets the hook and heart of the song stand out even more.