World Cafe Guests

WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe ®

XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

World Cafe Archives

Join David Dye as he navigates the World Cafe through live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

Folk Radio

Folk music radio streaming on the web; Americana, Roots Music, recordings, and stories from folk's best.
Listen Live

Kopecky Family Band - Kids Raising Kids - Red Light

It’s not always easy for young bands to channel their youthful exuberance and still come away with a finished product that’s as representative as their intentions. For most bands, it usually takes a few records. But in the case of Kids Raising Kids, the debut full-length from the Nashville based Kopecky Family Band, the highly energized six-piece hit their target and then some. And that’s not to say that the Kopecky Family Band hasn’t taken some time to formulate their sound.

They released a standout EP in 2011 and toured with a relentless desire to have their music heard by anyone and everyone willing to listen. They’ve earned their fans to this point, and new fans will be easy to find with the release of Kids Raising Kids.

What’s so impressive about Kids Raising Kids is the musical range that the Kopecky Family Band showcases, and how well they manage to keep things sounding so cohesive. As a six-piece band they manage to balance tendencies to sound big (horns, strings, lots of percussion) while showing restraint and respect for their songs. Moments like “Wandering Eyes,” which starts the new record, have an almost Arcade Fire-ish tenacity to them, but they avoid the mistake of trying to sound overly anthemic. There’s thoughtfulness to these songs, and an overall uplifting aura that engages easily. They have a good grasp on their pop sensibilities which is clear on the snappy “Heartbeat” and “The Glow.” And they’re not afraid to scale it back, and simplify things for impact as they due on the spaciously, gorgeous “Change.”

Kopecky Family Band is really about chemistry. While Gabe Simon and Kelsey Kopecky may be the two voices that front the band, it’s really about how well all six of these players come together. It’s clear that playing together for several years now, and cultivating their sound has paid-off with Kids Raising Kids. This album is an introduction for many folks to the Kopecky Family Band, and it’s a first impression most are happy to make.

Another Way To Support WXPN

Buy Kids Raising Kids from Your purchase that starts here, supports WXPN Public Radio.

World Cafe Guest Search

DRGN King, Family Vacation, Big Tusk, Ghost Gum and more scheduled to play show on Record Store Day at Vinyl Redemption...

If you were already having a hard time planning out how you were going to celebrate Record Store Day on April 19, things just got a...Read More

Redbull’s Sound Select pairs Philly artists Embarker and Chris Forsyth with Oneohtrix Point Never

Redbull’s Sound Select monthly feature, showcases local artists across the country is bringing some additional recognition to...Read More

The Key Studio Sessions: Elegant Animals

Philly’s Elegant Animals are five musicians with an adventurous spirit that transcends genres. You could call them an electronic...Read More

66th annual Pastorius Park Concert lineup announced with Hezekiah Jones, The Lawsuits, Mutlu and...

The 2014 Pastorius Park Concert series has been announed, starting Wednesday, June 18th with Hezekiah Jones. The weekly Wednesday...Read More

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Loop at Kung Fu Necktie, The Revivalists at World Cafe Live, The Behn Gillece Quartet at Underground...

Before there was Pure Phase, before there was Screamadelica, there was Loop. The short-lived UK four-piece blended nervy electronic...Read More