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Chaos, Unity and Rock n’ Roll: In deep with Low Cut Connie

Low Cut Connie | courtesy of the artist
Low Cut Connie | courtesy of the artist

Sitting across from me at an uncomfortable metal table outside of Anthony’s Italian Coffee House in the Italian Market, Low Cut Connie’s flamboyant front man Adam Weiner swipes through cheeky black and white pictures of scantily-clad, partying people on his phone. He holds his phone towards me so I can see the pictures too. Pretty closely. In perfect detail. Maybe too much detail.

As he flips through the pictures, he cracks an impish smile and lets off a nostalgic sigh, as if he’d been describing his first kiss or senior year prom date. In front of him sits a large disposable cup of coffee he bought for $3 and change at Anthony’s, which is surely empty by now. It’s approaching 6 p.m. as Weiner and I near the end of a long two-hour interview, which has had its ups and downs. You could say it’s ending on a high note.

“You look at these pictures and you say, what a fucking great mix of people, you know? It’s all just a few hours with Low Cut Connie,” he emotes as the mid-November wind tussles with his stark black wavy hair. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Low Cut Connie bring “Revolution Rock and Roll” to World Cafe Live

Low Cut Connie | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

“I love everybody here today,” Adam Weiner screamed into the microphone at World Cafe Live. “You gotta stick together.”

Unity and release through sweaty rock and roll was the vibe of Low Cut Connie‘s Free at Noon performance this afternoon, from the propulsive piano stomping energy of opener “Back in School” to the come-together energy of “Revolution Rock n Roll,” the fiery energy of “Rio” and the set-closing cover of Prince’s “Controversy,” where the tanktop-clad Weiner dove into the crowd and rhythm guitarist Will Donnelly climbed on top of the band’s signature upright piano Shondra, playing a pummeling solo to guide the song to its close. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week – “Controversy” by Low Cut Connie

Low Cut Connie | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

One of our favorite Philly rock and roll party starters, Low Cut Connie, releases their new album, Dirty Pictures (part 1) on May 19th and it continues to showcase their full-on commitment to the heart and soul of rock and roll. Continue reading →

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Low Cut Connie remember Prince with cover of “Controversy” from new LP

Low Cut Connie | courtesy of the artist
Low Cut Connie | courtesy of the artist

On the first anniversary of his death, Prince is being remembered around the world and in a variety of ways. For Low Cut Connie, the tribute is a cover of the late musician’s 1981 hit “Controversy,” released today and and appearing on the local band’s forthcoming Dirty Pictures (part 1) LP. The album is due on May 19th, midway through a national tour that leads into a hometown date at Union Transfer on September 8th.

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Low Cut Connie announces new LP Dirty Pictures (part 1) with video for “Revolution Rock n Roll” and US tour

Low Cut Connie | courtesy of the artist
Low Cut Connie | courtesy of the artist

Marquee rock n’ rollers Low Cut Connie have a hell of a 2017 planned. Earlier this week, the band announced plans to release their fourth studio album Dirty Pictures (part 1) on May 19th via Contender Records. But wait! The band also announced a plethora of US dates for this year, including a gig at Union Transfer on September 8th.

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Hear Low Cut Connie’s Adam Weiner cover Leonard Cohen at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Low Cut Connie | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Low Cut Connie | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Earlier this week, an all star bill of musicians paid tribute to Leonard Cohen at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The night included performances from Lee Ranaldo, Josh Ritter, and more, including a turn by Philly’s own Adam Weiner (Low Cut Connie). He does a particularly fiery take of I’m Your Man cut “Everybody Knows”, taking a more rock & roll approach to the originally synth-driven track. Watch him stand on his piano bench and preach to the crowd in video from the event below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: RJD2 at the Foundry, All Dogs at PhilaMOCA, Low Cut Connie at The Trocadero and more

RJD2
RJD2 | photo by Nick Fancer | courtesy of the artist

Famed electronic producer RJD2 is set to bring his trademark trip hop sound up The Fillmore steps to The Foundry tonight for a WXPN-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with Hardwork Movement and Finding Novyon. This past March, he released the well-received Dame Fortune, which was recorded right here in Philadelphia. The album features collaborations with Jordan Brown, The Blueprint, Philly’s own Son Little, and more. Listen to a single from the album below before it makes its homecoming on Friday. Find more info on the 21+ event here. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Low Cut Connie shimmy and shake up the Marina Stage

Low Cut Connie | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Low Cut Connie | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

At his beloved piano Shondra, Adam Weiner hopped onto his piano bench, and with one leg extended in the air parallel with the ground, he continued to bang the keys during Low Cut Connie‘s rousing set on the Jerseyarts.com Marina Stage. Weiner isn’t about conventional playing, standing on his bench has become so ingrained in the band’s shows that his microphone extends to compensate for the added height. At one point he even stomped the keys with his feet before shimming in circles and grooving his hips to the music. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Preview: From the White House to Wiggins Park, Low Cut Connie unites the people

Low Cut Connie
Low Cut Connie | photo by Kirby Sybert | courtesy of the artist | kirbysybert.com

Every American president since Herbert Hoover has gotten a Presidential Library named in his honor, located in a town in or near where each president has grown up. In each library, it’s common to find artifacts of the corresponding presidency, many of which offer a chilling look into the president’s personal life.

For instance, in George W. Bush’s library, you can find letters written to him by U2’s Bono praising him for his humanitarian work in Africa; at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, there are copies of President Clinton’s daily schedules from the White House’s Office of Scheduling and Advance; and at the Presidential Library for John F. Kennedy, you can see a picture of JFK with his future wife, Jackie Bouvier, playing tennis at Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s residence in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.

President Obama’s presidential library won’t open for a few years after he leaves office, but one thing’s for certain: Inside, the library will contain a letter written to him by none other than Philadelphia’s own Adam Weiner of boozy rock and roll band Low Cut Connie. Talk about being the cool president*. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: A high-octane, winning set from Low Cut Connie

Low Cut Connie | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | <a href=http://jeremy-zim.com target="_blank">jeremy-zim.com</a>
Low Cut Connie | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

It seemed like Adam Weiner talked to the crowd as much as he sang to them. “Philly, you stick with us and we’ll never lose,” he said as Low Cut Connie got things going on the PRX stage upstairs at World Cafe Live. Weiner, the vocalist and pianist for the Philly rockers, brought enough energy to the room for the whole audience. Weiner is a local, from just across the bridge in Jersey, and all set long he made it clear how much love he has for the city whose shadow he grew up in. Continue reading →