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.
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 →
“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 →
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.
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →