Here at WXPN, we know how powerful music can be, and we’re psyched to talk about a program that feels the same way. Play On, Philly! is an organization that provides underserved children in Philadelphia with a musical education experience that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. The group has made it their mission to inspire K-12 students and help develop their personal skills through the learning of orchestral instruments, all from their instructional sites at three different schools throughout the city. Continue reading →
Philly native Kuf Knotz has a new project in the works. Paired with classically trained harpist Christine Elise and backed by the Trap Rabbit band, it may seem like an unlikely combination, but their music — right now all we have are some live concert videos, but there’s an album on the way — proves that the joined musical forces are onto something good. Currently on tour, they’ll play Johnny Brenda’s for the first time on August 28, opening for Liniker e os Caramelows. Continue reading →
The annual Winter Doldrums Concert for Suicide Prevention is now in its sixth year, and this time around, it has a new home. The annual benefit gig for the Philadelphia chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention comes to Ardmore Music Hall on February 11th. Continue reading →
Ahead of his upcoming album release, alternative hip-hop artist Kuf Knotz is stepping back onto the stage. Originally from Philadelphia but now residing in New York, Knotz will be making six stops throughout June and July between his two homes where he will be sure to mix previews of tracks from the new record with his 2015 LP A Positive Light. You can hear his upbeat, positive vibes at Bourbon and Branch with Roots of a Rebellion and Wild Adriatic. Check out the details at the XPN Concert Calendar.Continue reading →
“High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.
It’s hard to try to classify the music of Kuf Knotz, to describe or dismiss it with labels. There’s a little bit of everything here, in Kuf’s work, from pop samples and sensibility to hip hop hooks. There’s a little soul, a little jazz and reggae. There’s a little Philly (where he’s from), a little Brooklyn (where he lives), and a little Netherlands, where he spends a lot of his time recording. As soon as you think you know what he’s all about, this former high school athlete and self-proclaimed jock will politely push on that envelope.
The closest he’ll get to a cohesive theme, though, is the pervasive positivity in his messaging, a spirit of transcendence offered up on everything from 2011’s “Sunny Philadelphia,” to the title track of his last LP “Positive Light,” to “Unstoppable,” the anthem he put together with G. Love and Chuck Treece for the 2008 hometown-hero Phillies team.
Kuf just got home from Holland and Jamaica, where he was at work putting the finishing touches on his newest record, expected to be out early this summer. This one’s more of a “throwback,” as he describes it, “very current, with a heavy 90’s feel,” and will come with a supporting tour. Continue reading →
From 11a.m. to 6 p.m., you can browse various food and craft booths and listen to local music. The Festival is being held amongst the meadows and trees on the stunning grounds of Germantown’s Awbury Arboretum. Spend a day of summer the right way – by relaxing and enjoying a great lineup of Philly-area artists.
This lineup includes the fast-emerging crossover artist Kuf Knotz. Leaving no musical territory unexplored, he has opened for top acts of all genres – including The Wailers, Dr. Dog, Amos Lee, and The Roots, among many others. Continue reading →
This week’s Key Studio Session is all about collaboration. We teamed up with local music community outreach program RECPhilly, who brought in Kuf Knotz. We paired the rapper up with local pop musician Patrick Donovan, and both brought some friends along. Continue reading →
The annual Molestice Festival is right around the corner and with it comes food, entertainment, art, and above all, family fun. With a 20 year tradition growing at the 100 block of North Mole Street each year, new and fresh faces take the stage to showcase some of the best music the region has to offer in a party that is prided for its artistic outlook. Continue reading →
Collaboration is the name of the game in this week’s Key Studio Session. For starters, it was our first collaboration with RECPhilly, the music community outreach arm of the emergent Recollective Records and the evolution of local promoters Broad Street Music Group. They were in the middle of their 30 for 30 free concert series during the month of April, and approached us about hosting a studio concert.
The two-day and three-night Sundrop Music Festival at The Fire is known for catering to no pone articular genre, instead drawing crowds for its eclectic range of Philadelphia performers. The festival’s 2015 lineup, announced this week, includes punk (Mumblr), folk (Christopher Davis-Shannon), reggae (I Yahn I Arkestra), pop (Not Blood Paint) and hip-hop (Kuf Knotz). The lineups range in price from $10 admission to free; more details can be found at the event’s Facebook event page. Check out some of the performers from this year’s festival below. Continue reading →