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MUNA's 'I Know A Place' Performance is an Invitation to Ugly Cry



While on tour to promote their debut album, About U, queer LA-based band MUNA passed through NYC to perform new tracks at Bowery Ballroom. The sold-out show was a celebration of feminity and marginalized individuality, as members Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin, and Naomi McPherson told stories together about heartache, insecurity and empowerment.

Related | MUNA Live on Jimmy Kimmel: 'He's Not My Leader, Even If He's My President'

The set opened with the group's biggest single, "I Know A Place," which they'd originally penned to honor Pulse nightclub victims. "I know a place we can go, where everyone gonna lay down their weapon," Gavin sang, her optimistic lyrics holding special power after this month's news of a queer concentration camp operating in Chechnya. "Just give me trust and watch what'll happen," she said.

MUNA's Bowery Ballroom rendition also featured an additional anti-Trump lyric, tagged onto the song's bridge. "Even if our skin or or Gods look different, I believe all human life is significant," Gavin asserted with hands high in the air. "I throw my arms open wide in resistance. He's not my leader even if he's my president."

Watch the band's stirring live show, below, and take note of the relatable YouTuber who commented saying she wants the entire performance tattooed on her retinas--us, too.

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