Queer LA trio MUNA is well on its way to becoming a major force in pop music today, having just released a debut album About Uand powerful new music video for pacifist anthem, "I Know a Place," written for the LGBTQ community. Last night, the rising band performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and laced their set with enough political commentary to make up for Lady Gaga's notably tame Halftime Show.
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Lead vocalist Katie Gavin and guitarists Josette Maskin and Naomi McPherson performed in front of a poem by Emma Lazarus, called "The New Colossus," which she wrote in 1883 to raise money for the Statue of Liberty's pedestal. Lazarus' sonnet, which appears on a plaque inside the sculpture, became the unofficial greeter for incoming immigrants and transformed America's Great Lady into a global symbol of immigration: "Give me your tired, your poor," she wrote. "Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
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During MUNA's performance of "I Know a Place," Gavin also added some new lyrics to the track's bridge, speaking to Trump's divisive country: "Even if our skin or or Gods look different, I believe all human life is significant," she sang, as Maskin and McPherson softened their strumming. "I throw my arms open wide in resistance. He's not my leader even if he's my president." Watch the powerful message, below, as well as a performance of About U track, "Crying on the Bathroom Floor."
"I Know a Place"
"Crying on the Bathroom Floor"