Hard Kn(ox): The Knocks and Cardiknox Team up for East-Meets-West Dance Party at Independent Feb 9-11


It’s no secret that we expect big things from The Knocks when they release their first full LP in March. In fact, the electronic dance duo may be New York’s worst kept secret at this point, after scoring big on the dance charts with “Classic” last summer and then again this summer with the Fetty Wap remix. Next week the NYC Chinatown beat-makers are teaming up with LA buzz act Cardiknox for what has turned out to be one of the hottest tickets in SF, already selling out two nights of a three day run. There a few tickets left for Thursday 2/11 and you can pick them up here.

2016 is off to a hot start for The Knocks. I wrote about how they were poised to blow up last spring but I had no idea at the time that they would be collaborating with heavy weights like Cam’Ron and Wyclef Jean. They are even producers Wyclef’s new album.

In an age where we are often asked to see our favorite musicians play “DJ sets” The Knocks are DJs that know how important live performance is to the dance experience. This isn’t a knock (get it) on any other artist, I just want to emphasize how amazing they are live with JPatt on the bass and vocals and B-Roc on the drums. The ability to take dance music and elevate it in a live setting is something that not every act can do, and they excel.

Check out their new song with Wyclef “Kiss The Sky,” an absolute banger. 

Joining The Knocks are Seattle-bred, LA-based dance duo Cardiknox. It’s hard to predict who will make the next big splash in the pop world, especially in the world of electronic music, but Cardiknox definitely ended 2015 with a potential hit in “On My Way.” So far in 2016 they are only adding to their intrigue with tastes of their upcoming album Portrait like single “Into The Night.” Right after they finish up their run with The Knocks they are heading on a Spring tour with Carly Rae Jepsen.

Check out the video for “On My Way,” done in one take it definitely is inspiring me to get my friends to coordinate some sidewalk dance moves soon.

Music fans should also get to the show early to check out SOFI TUKKER, who another dance duo (I see a pattern). They recent released a track called “Matadora” with the help of The Knocks’ HeavyRocMusic label and its been getting pretty heavy rotation on my playlists.

Cardiknox photo by Hazel & Pine