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Family of the Year takes success one note at a time

After years of opening for other bands, the brothers Joe and Sebastian Keefe recently headlined a sold-out club in Minneapolis with their group, Family of the Year. “That felt really good,” says Joe Keefe, who grew up on Martha’s Vineyard. “It wasn’t overly promoted. That’s all I ever really wanted.”

Of course, reaching one goal only means they’ll set their sights higher. The band has been boosted by the success of their plaintive acoustic single, “Hero,” which recently sat just below songs by the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons on Billboard’s “adult album alternative” (Triple A) chart. As they emerge from the shadow of other acts, expectations for the band will naturally grow.

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