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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

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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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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Scantron

Scantron | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN
Scantron | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

Joining us for this latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is the Philly/Wilmington garage combo Scantron! Originally formed as the trio of Will Donnelly, James Everhart and George M. Murphy, Scantron recently added bassist Lucas Rinz as a permanent member. More than just a band (or just one band, for that matter), the boys also serve as producers and studio whiz-kids, working on records for other local underground bands. Additionally, most of the members pull double duty as players in Low Cut Connie and Satellite Hearts. In fact, Low Cut Connie’s Larry Scotton Jr. joins in the fun playing keyboards in our session.

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Oh No! Scantron play LIVE plus The Julie Ruin and Blood Orange on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

The Julie Ruin | Photo by Shervin Lainez, courtesy of the artist
The Julie Ruin | Photo by Shervin Lainez, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight tonight TONIGHT! Listen in at 11pm ET (or better yet, keep on listening after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese) for a brand new two-hour show In the mix is our latest IRHP Live Session featuring the Philly/Wilmington garage combo Scantron! The band features more than a few members of Low Cut Connie and Satellite Hearts, and they’ll play a bunch of rip-roaring new songs live in our studio. In the second hour, our Weekly Album Spotlight shines on Hit Reset, the new album from The Julie Ruin. At the core of this band is Kathleen Hanna and Kathi Wilcox, who were previously members of the iconic punk band Bikini Kill. We’ll also get to new tracks from Dev Hynes a.k.a. Blood Orange, Cerise (produced by Joseph Arthur), Jenny Lewis‘ new band N.A.F. and more! Check out a few of those below…

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Low Cut Connie get wild in new Audiotree session

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

South Philly piano rockers Low Cut Connie recorded an Audiotree session last month during a stop in Chicago. The band was on tour in support of last year’s Hi Honey LP and played a selection of songs from that record, along with their perennial hit “Boozophilia” and a deep cut from Get Out the Lotion called “Right Here.”

Philebrity spotted the session, which puts the band’s piano antics on high and lets their rootsy rock flags fly.

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WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival initial lineup announced

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WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival is happening July 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at the Camden Waterfront with shows at Wiggins Park and the BB&T Pavilion.

Tickets go on sale Friday at Noon, however you can reserve tickets by becoming a new or renewing WXPN member at $25 a month. You will receive a pair of 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes that includes LAWN ADMISSION to Ryan Adams/Kurt Vile on Friday, July 22, Alabama Shakes/Gary Clark Jr on Saturday, July 23, and Brandi Carlile/Old Crow Medicine Show on Sunday, July 24. Continue reading →

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Sound and Place: Low Cut Connie

Adam Weiner and Finnemore of Low Cut Connie with Ray's Happy Birthday Bar owner Lou Capozzoli | Photo by David Norbut | dnorphoto.com | courtesy of the artist
Adam Weiner and Dan Finnemore of Low Cut Connie with Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar owner Lou Capozzoli | Photo by David Norbut | davidnorbut.com | courtesy of the artist

Sound and Place is a recurring series where we take Philly musicians to their favorite places in town. For this installment, we sit down over pints and PBRs at Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar with Low Cut Connie.

“I like to play in environments where there’s some people in the room, first of all, who are not on our side that we can win over, and ideally there’d be some people in the room who we can uplift in some way.” Adam Weiner took a bite of his apple. “And in here you can find a lot of people on a downward spiral.”

The singer, pianist and frontman of Low Cut Connie sat in the back of Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar, a South Philly institution known for its personality, down-and-out charm and festive merrymaking. To his left was band mate, drummer and guitarist Dan Finnemore. To his right sat Lou Capozzoli, Ray’s owner and a longtime musician in his own right.

It was a rainy Wednesday night in early December, the bar relatively quiet at first, quickly filling with neighborhood regulars clouding the room with smoke, filtering back to greet Capozzoli, Weiner and Finnemore. The latter two had all but wrapped up a year of touring behind Low Cut Connie’s rambunctious, bombastic, yet refined and smart third album Hi Honey, out last April.

The trio sat at a table, the charming message “Music makes me smile,” painted on the wall behind them, huddled around a few sheets of paper, some of the typed text crossed out and amended in pen. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Bruce Warren’s Best of Philly Music 2015

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Queen of Jeans | photo by Kelly Kurteson

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, WXPN program director Bruce Warren shares five musicians she found on Spotify in 2015.

This past Thanksgiving The Key’s John Vettese wrote about the 15 Philly songs we’re thankful for. The songs were just a small snapshot of by Philly’s vibrant music scene, represented by the likes of Hop Along, Jazmine Sullivan, Kurt Vile, Agudos Clef, Hemming, Hezekiah Jones, Lithuania, Lushlife, Jill Scott, and others. What stood out to me in Vettese’s article then, and what’s stood out to all of us at The Key for the last several years is how wonderfully diverse, and prolific, the music scene in Philly continues to be. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Low Cut Connie at World Cafe Live at the Queen; Julia Rainer at The Fire; The Skatellites at World Cafe Live

Photo by Josh Weisgrau
Photo by Josh Weisgrau

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. Continue reading →