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Kuf Knotz, Christine Havrilla, John Faye and more will play the sixth annual Winter Doldrums suicide prevention at Ardmore Music Hall

 

Kuf Knotz | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Kuf Knotz | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kuf Knotz at Bourbon and Branch, Carolyn Thorn at Bob and Barbara’s, Killiam Shakespeare at Johnny Brenda’s

Kuf Knotz | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Kuf Knotz | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

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 →

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The High Key Portrait Series: Kuf Knotz

Kuf Knotz | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Kuf Knotz | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

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 →

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Kuf Knotz and others to perform at the inaugural Heartwood Music Festival

 

Kuf Knotz | Photo by Lisa Schaffer
Kuf Knotz | Photo by Lisa Schaffer

The Philadelphia Folksong Society and Awbury Arboretum are hosting the first-ever Heartwood Music Festival on Sunday, July 12.

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 →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Kuf Knotz and Patrick Donovan

Kuf Knotz | Photo by Will Toms
Kuf Knotz | Photo by Will Toms

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 stars aligned that Philly rapper Kuf Knotz, who just released his second solo LP A Positive Light, was slated to come in to record that month, and he is no stranger to playing to an audience of fans in our studio. With Kufie’s blessing, we opened his set up to a small crowd and paired him up with Patrick Donovan, a local dude with a soulful voice and a bunch of great pop songs in his back pocket. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Christopher Davis-Shannon, Mumblr, Kuf Knotz and more will play The Fire’s annual Sundrop Music Festival

Photo via cdavisshannon.com
Photo via cdavisshannon.com

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 →

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Listen to Kuf Knotz live on WXPN’s Leicht Lunch

Helen Leicht and Kuf Knotz | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Helen Leicht and Kuf Knotz | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

This Tuesday, Philly rapper Kuf Knotz releases his long-awaited sophomore LP, A Positive Light, via local label Ropeadope Records. To celebrate, he’s got two shows in the area this weekend: a release party at Frankie Bradley’s on Saturday, March 28th, and a slot opening for Zach Deputy at the Sellersville Theater on Sunday, March 29th.

Today, Kuf stopped by WXPN studios to chat on the air with midday host Helen Leicht about the album and growing up in the area, the making of A Positive Light, and played two songs from the album. Listen to the interview in its entirety below, and get information on this weekend’s shows at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →