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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 →

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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 →

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Kuf Knotz continues to spread positive vibes with “Get Free”

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

Philly rapper Kuf Knotz is returning with a new album, A Positive Light on March 24th. It’s the rapper’s first new studio album in five years, and while he’s been sporadically performing in town, after his move to New York in 2012, he’s released only a couple new songs since 2010′s Boombox Logic. Continue reading →

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The 4th Annual Philly Sings Philly is coming

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Created to explore the music, past and present, and the storied legacy of the City of Brotherly Love, the 4th Annual Philly Sings Philly event returns to The Fire during the month of November. Across four Tuesdays, local musicians will pay homage to their idols, adding a personal touch to their favorite songs by Philly-born artists. Each week is curated by a different local music organization. Continue reading →

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Celebrate music education with Rally for Rock at Franklin Square next month

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Kuf Knotz | photo courtesy of the artist

Rock to the Future will present its second annual Rally for Rock on September 13th at Franklin Square.  Benefitting the organization’s free music education programs, the event will feature live music from Kuf Knotz, Hezekiah Jones, Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra and the Rock to the Future Student House Band.

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Download a new Kuf Knotz song, “Eddie Green” (featuring Joe Miller)

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Kuf Knotz has released a new song, “Eddie Green.” His first new music in almost three years, it’s the first taste of a new album, A Positive Light, that Kuf has been working on. “Eddie Green,” named for Kuf’s father, had a significant inspiration on Kuf’s life. In honor and memory of the anniversary of Green’s death, the song is an emotionally filled tribute to Kuf’s father featuring Joe Miller on acoustic guitar and vocals and Ginger Coyle on keyboards. Download the song below, for a “name your price.” Kuf will be opening for Robert Randolph & The Family Band on Thursday, November 21st at the Ardmore Music Hall.

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Do Good Festival at Hard Rock Cafe brings together Chill Moody, Market East and more to fight Philly hunger

Photo by Ricky Codio | rickycodio.com
Photo by Ricky Codio | rickycodio.com

The Do Good Festival will be held August 16th at the Hard Rock Cafe. Ranging from rock to indie folk to hip hop, the all–ges festival will be hosting six artists including Chill Moody, Kuf Knotz, and Market East. With advanced tickets at $10 and $15 tickets at the door, all proceeds from the festival will be donated to Philabundance to aid the organization in its emergency hunger relief services. Can’t make it to the show, but still want to help? More information on donating to the cause can be found at festival organizers DCS’s (Davis Concert Staging) website here. Find more information and tickets for the 7 p.m. festival here. Get ready for the show with Market East’s album Summer of Children and Chill Moody’s video for “Chains” below.