Heliotropes

The Heliotropes, not a grrrl band anymore, release "Over There That Way" at Our Wicked Lady tonight (07.14)

After a complete reshuffling of the original lineup, and a trio of dudes replacing three ladies, Jessica Numsuwankijkul's The Heliotropes is set to drop sophomore LP Over There That Way - perhaps the band's most consistent release, and a clear departure from 2013's (much) heavier sounding A Constant Sea. With its feet firmly planted in a mellow psych rock aesthetic, the album expertly blends fuzzy and distorted guitar driven riffs, with Jessica's ethereal vocals floating its way through the tracks. Over There That Way debuts July 15, and you can catch the band live at Trans-Pecos on August 13th with Palehound and The Lemon Twigs. - Olivia Sisinni

   

Heliotropes unveil video for 'Easy'

Here's the video for Heliotropes' shockingly mellow (for their standards) new single 'Easy' from their upcoming album 'Over There That Way' (which can be preordered here). The video was shot by Deli NYC contributor Bill Dvorak and Micah Weisberg during Coney Island’s closing weekend in the Fall of 2015.

   

Out In The Streets Festival bringing local music and art to Ridgewood, Queens this weekend (08.01 - 08.02)

Now in its 6th year, Out In the Streets Festival is back in action to bring your favorite indie bands to Queens for a weekend of art, food, fun, and music. Hosted at the historic Onderdonk House in Ridgewood, the outdoor fest is the smaller, DIY version of all the big summer music festivals that have competed for your attention and presence in the past few months. Since it began on a street corner in Bushwick in 2009, Out In the Streets has kept itself homegrown and independent but continues to grow every year, celebrating local artists and eateries in this two-day multimedia festival. The lineup includes bands like Mr Twin Sister, Total Slacker, The Love Supreme, Wild Yaks, Salt Cathedral and many more. The bands performing this weekend are all mostly NYC-based, and the lineup on Sunday is featuring local bands from Bushwick and Ridgewood. Full weekend passes are still available for only $35, with one day tickets going for $20, on sale here. Check out a Spotify compilation of all the performing bands here, or streaming below. - Sam O'Hara

   

Heliotropes divulges new video for "Everyone Else"

Brooklyn hard hitting psychedelic muses Heliotropes just divulged this video for their ballad "Everyone Else," which quite uncharacteristically sees them at peace with the world. Check it.

   

NYC bands at 4Knots: Hunters, Parquet Courts, Heliotropes, The Babies

For a third consecutive year at its present South Street Seaport location, the 4Knots music fest continues to highlight New York City’s free summertime music season. Taking place on Saturday June 29 from 1-8 pm, local homegrown talent is fully represented once again this year, with 3 bands (The BabiesHunters and Parquet Courts) not too recently highlighted by The Deli as NYC Album of the Month.

Brooklyn’s noise rock duo Hunters are one of the most dynamic and exciting live bands out there. Guitar guru Derek Watson’s tonal quality and rhythmic style fluctuates between the tangled jungle stomp of The Cramps and all out mayhem of Sonic Youth. Lead vocalist Isabel Almeida twists and contorts her pliable limbs as she purrs and coos about deadbeats and acid trips.

Parquet Courts have come to embody the disenchanted vibe of today’s slacker generation. Their full-length LP “Light Up Gold” (blessed by a Pitchfork 'Best New Music" tag) takes on the post-punk, indie rock vibe in a loose and jammy way. Tightly honed rhythms lay the groundwork for a more rambling style of guitar fretwork. Their lyrics skewer towards recognizable observation over obscure metaphors.

Brooklyn's Heliotropes have been extremely busy over the last few months. Having just released their debut full length record “A Constant Sea” to critical acclaim, the band continues to play significant showcases, culminating with their appearances at this very festival. The heavier aspects of their sound has gotten a lot of deserved attention, however their album also reveals a softer side. Tracks like “Everyone Else” and “Awake” emphasize stark vocals with acoustic guitar accompaniment, as opposed to any kind of explosive guitar bombast. Deeper cut “Moonlite” features violin string textures.

The whole day event will be headlined by Philly's own Kurt Vile & the Violators and will also include performances by other more established locals rockers The MenThe Babies and Marnie Stern. - Dave Cromwell