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Here's a test to see whether or not you're a regular R29 reader: How familiar are you with BANKS? Those who are likely know that we've been sweating her moody brand of dark soul for awhile now, jumping on any excuse to turn on her tracks.
Yet, if you didn't tune into her sounds from us, BANKS will soon become a household name — at least in houses filled with music lovers. In fact, her tour schedule is bonkers: This summer, find her at all the major festivals — including Sasquatch!, Governors Ball, and Bonnaroo —plus a slew of dates in Europe.
BANKS is the one dark spot on a bright landscape — in the best way ever. With her streamlined black outfits and an evocative, blues-tinged voice, she stands in stark contrast to the bright neons, face paint, dance music, and clap-a-longs found at fests. Ahead, more with the songstress herself.
Photographed by Nina Westervelt