Not many blue-collar artists made it onto the White House’s summer playlists curated by POTUS himself. In fact, only one DIY style artist, Low Cut Connie, made the cut of the two twenty-song playlists. The Philly rock band’s frontman Adam Weiner told Digital Music News that he wrote the song, “Boozophilia,” about “all these lunatics and weird-balls and gorgeous individuals who populate dank barrooms all over the USA. People with big hearts and busted up dreams and dirty jokes and so much love.” Low Cut Connie released their third studio record, Hi Honey, in April of this year. You won’t want to miss their wild performance tonight at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. Images and videos of the band’s performances show Weiner standing on his piano bench while he slams the keys and sings. Get tickets and more show information here. And watch Low Cut Connie’s video for “Boozophilia” below.
Julia Rainer‘s deep, dark lyricism and smokey voice set her apart from other Philly singer-songwriters. Her most recent release, Now I’ll Be Free, features five heart-wrenchingly beautiful tracks. Tonight, she’ll be bringing her live show to The Fire in Northern Liberties. Get tickets and show information at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch her latest music video for “One of Us is Dead.”
If you like The Police, The Clash, No Doubt, and/or Sublime, then you’re sure to like the Skatalites. If you like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer, then you probably already know who the Skatalites are. Legend has it that the Jamaican band’s first rehearsal in 1964 turned into a show – so many people crowded around the venue that the Skatalites decided to charge admission and let everyone in. As the backing band for many leading artists of ska, rocksteady, and reggae, the Skatalites soon became legendary. In honor of their 50th anniversary, the band is touring across the US. Catch them tonight at World Cafe Live. Get tickets and show info here and watch a live video of them below.
JR JR at Union Transfer (8pm, $17)
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