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PREMIERE: Low Cut Connie pays tribute to fellow party animal Harry Nilsson in its “Jump Into the Fire” video

Photo by Josh Weisgrau
Photo by Josh Weisgrau

Philly rockers Low Cut Connie show off their broad-ranging tastes on a new tribute to storied troubadour Harry Nilsson. Out this week via Royal Potato Family records, This is the Town: A Tribute to Nilsson (Volume 1) features 20 artists including Langhorne Slim, Tracy Bonham, Willy Mason and Low Cut Connie doing a rendition of “Jump Into The Fire” from Nilsson Schmilsson.

When what he likes about Nilsson, Adam Weiner told us “He wrote, sung, partied and lived with equal parts sweetness, paranoia and pure chutzpah. We wanted to capture that in order to remind people that the man could rock & roll pretty good.”

Weiner goes on to say that the song’s inclusion in a Martin Scorcese classic made it an easy choice when tribute producer Kenny Siegal asked the band to take part.

Goodfellas is my favorite movie and the iconic helicopter coke deal scene with ‘Jump Into the Fire’ is an all-timer,” Weiner says. This scene gets a nod midway through the cover’s new Josh Weisgrau-directed music video, which we’re premiering below. “Hopefully, Ray Liotta doesn’t sue us.”

The video also features plenty of local live footage shot by Weisgrau and Douglas Herman at locales like Johnny Brenda’s, World Cafe Live at the Queen and what appears to be a block party in Fishtown. “We love putting our Philly fans in our videos,” Weiner says. “They are the saltiest, weirdest, most unhinged individuals and we love them all!”

Check out the “Jump in the Fire” video below and order the Nilsson tribute here. Low Cut Connie leaves for its South By Southwest tour later this month, but returns to the area on March 27th for a headlining show at Tellus 360 in Lancaster.

(Hear More – Low Cut Connie preforms Free at Noon)

(Watch More – Low Cut Connie jams out at Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar)

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Low Cut Connie at Johnny Brenda’s, Kalob Griffin Band at World Cafe Live, The Districts / Pine Barons at Chameleon Club, and more

Photo By: Charlotte Jacobson
Photo By: Charlotte Jacobson

Old school rock ‘n’ roll outfit Low Cut Connie is playing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. With a tone like an upbeat “Piano Man” it’s no wonder that the honky tonk group’s whimsical tribute to Philadelphia “Boozophilia,” off of Call Me Sylvia, reached number 31 on Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Songs of 2012” list. Just last month the band premiered their cover of Harry Nilsson’s “Jump Into the Fire” from their forthcoming tribute album via Rolling Stone. Get ready for their Philly show by listening a live performance of the new track below. Find details and tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Low Cut Connie at Underground Arts, Mercury Radio Theater at Johnny Brenda’s

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Tonight, Low Cut Connie will play Underground Arts.  The rag-tag Philly crew plays honky tonk rock that immediately feels catchy and welcoming, as we saw in their Free at Noon show not long ago.  The group’s latest release is Call Me Sylvia, which finds them just as energetic as ever.  Aside from their studio work, Low Cut Connie is an incredible live band, and this is a show you won’t want to miss.  Click here for ticket information and check out this Philadelphia-inspired video below, which will also give you a slight taste of their live energy.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Divers at Johnny Brenda’s, The Tressels and Low Cut Connie at The Note, Douglas Thomas at World Cafe Live, Patty Griffin at The Kimmel Center

Photos by Abi Reimold | www.abireimoldphoto.com
Photo by Abi Reimold | www.abireimoldphoto.com

Featuring members from The Weeds, Birdie Busch’s band and Buried Beds, Divers are about as local as a group of musicians can get. Their music falls somewhere in between folk, rock and a little country and can go from ambient tones to straight up rock in a heartbeat. They’re playing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight; for more information on the 21+ show, click here. Below, watch Divers perform “Take Me Back” for Kettle Pot Tracks’ studio’s On the Hill series.

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Recap: Low Cut Connie preforms Free at Noon

Professional showmen Low Cut Connie gave a seriously entertaining performance at last Friday’s Free at Noon concert. Low Cut Connie are embarking on a North American tour that starts this Wednesday, June 5th at The Depot in York, PA and ends August 3rd at Underground Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Check out the photo gallery above, the set list below and the audio here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →

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Watch Low Cut Connie perform two pop-up shows in Chicago (playing Appel Farm on 6/1 and Underground Arts on 8/3)

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Local saloon-style rock band Low Cut Connie found themselves at the center of attention in a Chicago bowling alley a few weeks ago after getting a call from President Obama’s media staff.  Fans of Low Cut Connie, campaign staffers Mia Sorensen and Christopher Markos offered to film the band performing a couple of live, pop-up songs at Diversey Rock N’ Bowl near Logan Square.  “Boozophilia” (which charted at #31 in Rolling Stone’s top 50 songs of 2012) takes place in the crowded North Side alley while the boys serenaded a line of traffic in the parking lot for “Cat n’ Cream.”  You can catch Low Cut Connie at a pair of non-pop-up shows this summer, first at Appel Farm on June 1st and then at Underground Arts on August 3rd.  Tickets and information for both shows can be found here.  Watch the Chicago videos below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dangerous Ponies and Slutever at MilkBoy, Pusha T at Union Transfer, Low Cut Connie at Johnny Brenda’s and more

PoniesDangerous Ponies will be playing at MilkBoy tonight in celebration of their brand new four-song EP Tenderheart. Released just this month, Dangerous Ponies shifts their sound between fun loving indie, as well as some pop influence, but mostly, it is just a plain good time. The new release can be found to buy on their Bandcamp, where you can also purchase the release on vinyl. Also to be taking the stage is Philadelphia’s two piece punk band Slutever. The duo has various material available on their Bandcamp, one of which is their single released in February of this year. Tickets and information for the 21 and up show can be found here. Below, listen to the title track off of Dangerous Ponies EP Tenderheart.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang at Kung Fu Necktie, Tony Trischka at the Psalm Salon, Norwegian Arms at Johnny Brenda’s, Low Cut Connie at North Star Bar, and Black Horse Motel with New Sweden at Milkboy Philly

Celebrate the-maybe-last-night on Earth with Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang tonight at Kung Fu Necktie! In case all of this apocalyptic nonsense turns out not to be true, though, get pumped for Stens and his crew’s upcoming Key Session in 2013. The NJ nostalgia-rock group, fronted by Juston “Turbo” Stens formerly of Dr. Dog, released their album, Trash or Treasure, last March (pick it up on their Bandcamp page here). Tonight’s 21+ show starts at 7:30; go here for tickets and information. Below, watch Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang’s cover of Paul McCartney’s “Let Me Roll It.”

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Low Cut Connie bring the holiday ruckus to the North Star Bar on 12/21

Photo by John Vettese

Vintage rock-and-roll noisemakers Low Cut Connie have a couple reasons to celebrate this December. One, it’s the holidays; two, their crazy infectious single “Boozophilia” ranked #31 in Rolling Stone‘s top 50 songs of 2012. Of it, the mag says “You can practically smell the Yuengling coming off this skunky, slippery ode to lowbrow kicks from Philly to the South Side of Chicago.” (Cute regional reference there, Rolling Stone, but PBC Kenzinger surpassed Yeungling Lager as the beverage of the common rock and roll Philadelphian some time ago. PBR and Natty Boh probably also rank higher at this point too – but the effort is appreciated!) Beer chatter aside, we’re most psyched that Low Cut Connie continues getting recognition at a national level – and we’re sure their celebratory holiday performance at The North Star Bar on December 21 will be a rousing, rowdy good time. The band plays with Alex Vans and the Pretty Greens, tickets and more information on the 21+ show can be found here. Below, watch a video of the last time Low Cut Connie was at the North Star Bar- the time it shot the “Boozophilia” video.