“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 →
The SunDrop Music and Arts Festival’s All-Day Block Party will be held this Saturday, June 4th at The Fire. Picky about your music tastes? Not to worry, the more than eight hours of music will bring a lot to the table, from synth-pop to hard rock to hip-hop and everything in between. And if you’re on a tight budget, once again do not fret — this block party won’t cost a dime. 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.
Last night Philly rapper Kuf Knotz celebrated the release of his sophomore LP, A Positive Light, at Frankey Bradleys in Philly. Today he’s up in Sellersville, opening the show for Zach Deputy. Get tickets and information on the show here, and listen to “Movement Red” below. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →