A lot of artists have an objectively “good” stage presence, but few have the energy Low Cut Connie brings to the table. Frontperson and pianist Adam Weiner is an exceedingly natural performer. From standing on the piano bench and playing with a leg extended during “Death and Destruction” to jumping off the stage and giving out hugs and kisses during “Shake it Little Tina,” he makes for a wildly unconventional performance. Continue reading →
Elton John wants you to know that he’s a Low Cut Connie fan. Furthermore, he wants to make sure that you listen to them, too — though XPN listeners won’t have any trouble with that. The Philly band has been a favorite among their hometown audiences for some time, but it’s rare for a local band that hasn’t quite reached mainstream attention to receive such a ringing endorsement like this from a musical icon.
When his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour came through the Wells Fargo Center earlier this week, Sir Elton gave Low Cut Connie a public shoutout, even dedicating his song “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” to the band, which he ranks among his current favorites.
Captured on the Instagram video below, “There’s always been a lot of wonderful music coming out of Philadelphia, ever since I can remember,” said Elton John. “And there’s a band that I love at the moment so much called Low Cut Connie, who are also from Philadelphia. And I’d like to dedicate this song to them right now, because I love them very much, and you should check them out. Buy their records, go see them. Amazing.”
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 →
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 →
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 →
Indie four-piece Palm recently debuted their new “candy-coated dissonance” of an EP, titled Shadow Expert. With wonderfully erratic rhythms, these new tunes are a refreshing beauty to behold. And tonight they’ll be bringing this perfect deconstruction of sound to PhilaMOCA. Find more info on the show here, and stream Shadow Expert below. 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.