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Gramma’s Boyfriend is the latest project fronted by the Twin Cities’ own Haley Bonar. A household name in certain musical circles for her years of output under her own name, this time around she’s joined by Jeremy Ylvisaker (Cloak Ox, Andrew Bird), Mark Erickson (Cloak Ox), Luke Anderson (Rogue Valley), and Jacob Hanson (Actual Wolf, Haley Bonar, All Tomorrow’s Petty). The band play fun, raucous rock music — think somewhere between B-52s and Dead Kennedys — with an infectious danceability and catchiness sure to leave the room sweaty, happy, and exhausted. During the 2015 CMJ Music Marathon, they tore it up at our showcase then came by the studio to rock out some more and chat with Maia about the project.
DeQn Sue’s music is difficult to define. The Los Angeles-born singer, whose stage name is an ode to both her father’s character on the TV show S.W.A.T. and her mother’s first name, is currently at least partially based in Alabama. Drawing on just about any genre of pop music you could name, DeQn Sue twists from soul to rock to funk to dance music, all capped off with an unforgettably charming vibe that’s quirky without being schticky.
Raya Brass Band is a Brooklyn-based five-piece with a reputation for starting a party everywhere they (and their horns) go. Drawing on Balkan music, New Orleans brass, punk rock, out jazz, and other international inspirations, the band crafts a whirlwind of high energy, body-moving tunes. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us a taste of the magic and talks about some of the inspiration behind their music.

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