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NonCOMM Recap: Low Cut Connie closes the night with a warmup for their big Union Transfer gig

Low Cut Connie | photo by Senia Lopez for WXPN | www.senialopez.photography

Rowdy, ribald retro rockers Low Cut Connie returned to NonCOMM to close out tonight’s lineup with piano-driven songs and crowd interaction. The band, led by South Philly’s Adam Weiner, dug back to 2012’s Call Me Sylvia for the opening “Boozophilia,” and repped their latest Dirty Pictures (Part 2) with the XPN staple “Beverly,” as well as “Oh Suzanne” and “Hey! Little Child.”

Saundra Williams of past NonCOMM artists Saun and Starr has been a touring member of the LCC crew for the past half a year, and shined in tonight’s set, handling backing vocals and auxiliary percussion with charisma. Continue reading →

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Listen to Low Cut Connie’s Dirty Pictures (Part 2) via NPR First Listen

Low Cut Connie | photo by Marcus Junius Laws | courtesy of the artist

Hometown rockers and XPN-faves Low Cut Connie are notorious for their raucous live shows and their vivacious brand of sweaty rock music. Often labeled as torchbearers of rock n roll for this reason, the group scaled back the pizazz on their latest, Dirty Pictures (Part 2), in favor of stripped down, emotionally complex tracks.

In an interview with NPR, frontman and upright pianist Adam Weiner said Part 2 — streaming a week early at NPR Music — is more “character driven, exploring the way people and their emotional lives are a little more than this bar-culture thing that we had been doing for a while.” Continue reading →

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Low Cut Connie, Son Little, Vita and the Woolf, Hardwork Movement and more will play #AmplifyPhilly at SXSW

clockwise, from left: Vita and the Woolf | photo by Ebru Yildiz // Son Little | photo by Marc-Lemoine // Hardwork Movement | photo by Ashley Gellman // Low Cut Connie | photo by Ellen Miller

The folks at REC Philly have once again teamed up with the CIty of Philadelphia to showcase music from the 215 at Austin’s SXSW Festival. It’s the fourth year that REC Philly has staged an all-Philly music party on Austin’s bustling 6th Street, and the third consecutive year that it’s gone by the #AmplifyPhilly handle — and the lineup for 2018 is stacked. Continue reading →

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Watch Low Cut Connie cover Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” before tribute show at Ardmore Music Hall

Low Cut Connie | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Low Cut Connie | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com

During Low Cut Connie’s recent NYC show at Irving Plaza, the charismatic rock ‘n rollers paid tribute to the late great, Tom Petty, by covering “Learning to Fly.” Trading Petty’s bouncy acoustic strums, front man Adam Weiner spun Connie’s characteristic piano flair to the iconic tune. Continue reading →

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PHOTOS: Low Cut Connie holds court at Union Transfer

Low Cut Connie | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Low Cut Connie | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com

It was one big local music party last Friday night on Spring Garden street. Piano-powered rock outfit Low Cut Connie headlined a packed house at Union Transfer in support of their high-energy 2017 outing Dirty Pictures (Part 1).

The Connie crew was ushered in with warm-up sets from soulful Philly singer Ali Wadsworth, not to mention West Philly rapper Chill Moody and his dynamic band.

Check out photos from the show below, and keep tabs on Low Cut Connie’s tour exploits at Facebook. Continue reading →

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Watch Low Cut Connie’s weird and colorful video of Prince cover, “Controversy”

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

The frontman of Philly’s Low Cut Connie, Adam Weiner, is a massive Prince fan; so much so that the band included an amazing cover of “Controversy” on their latest album, Dirty Pictures, Pt. 1. 

When the track was first released back in May, the cover held the title of XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week, so we like it quite a bunch around here. More recently, Diffuser has premiered a colorfully weird video as the tune’s visual counterpart. Continue reading →

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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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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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