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September 20, 2019

Bang It Up

By: Laurie Gallardo

When you think of green, don’t stop at the color. Remember the state of mind, of being – and a real, tangible thing, all at once.

Green Balloon is the latest release from New Orleans outfit Tank and The Bangas, who got their start at an open mic night in their hometown. However, it was an NPR Tiny Desk Concert that put them on the map for their distinctive sound and infectious live performances, with an extraordinary mix of energy derived from soul, hip-hop, R&B and spoken word artistry. For front woman Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Green Balloon is layered with different meanings: The green of moods (envy, naïveté) and things she’s bought; and the balloon that’s floats up high, or gets held down. Through it all has been growth and change, “every version of myself that I’ve met so far,” she explains.

Tank and The Bangas bring their celebration to Austin tonight at Emo’s, 2015 E. Riverside Dr. Houston Gulf Coast outfit The Suffers opens the show. Doors at 8 p.m. And you’ll fly with them all. Recommended.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.


October 30, 2023


Genesis Owusu returns to Austin to perform tomorrow night at Empire Garage.


October 28, 2023

LEVITATION: Saturday and Sunday

AMM picks for LEVITATION weekend, including Amyl & The Sniffers, Durand Jones, Altin Gün and more.


October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

The AMM’s LEVITATION 2023 picks for Fri/Sat, including Alan Palomo, Allah-Las, Queen Serene and more.


October 26, 2023

So Very Curious, Indeed

A Curious Mix of People book launch reunion show, Saturday at The Parlor on Guadalupe.


October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.