word of mouth: the duke spirit
  • TUESDAY, JULY 01, 2008

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Relying mainly on the most traditional form of grass-roots marketing (the word of mouth method), UK garage rock act The Duke Spirit has a sound that channels old favorites like My Bloody Valentine and The Pixies. However they make the sound their own, with a smooth blend of grunge-infused riffs, and the almost classic sounding rock voice of front-lady Liela Moss.

The band's sophomore studio effort, Neptune is out now. It was recorded in Joshua Tree, CA (a UK band recording on the west coast?). They are flying below the radar, but a combination of buzz and opening for some high profile acts (Queens of the Stone Age, Mercury Rev, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs to name a few) will certainly lead to a notable tour this summer. And lets not forget that they are supporting Duran Duran on some European dates in early July. The live show has been called "captivating"... we'll have to see for ourselves in July.-joe puglisi

The Duke Spirit on Tour
7/15 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
7/17 Los Angeles, CA - The Hammer Museum (Indie 103 show – FREE)
7/19 Mountain View, CA - Download Festival @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/20 Los Angeles, CA - Download Festival @ GIBSON Amphitheatre
7/22 Los Angeles, CA - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
7/23 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
7/24 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
7/26 Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge
7/28 Hollywood, CA - Amoeba (instore)
7/30 New York, NY - Webster Hall
8/1 Philadelphia, PA - WXPN/World Café (FREE)
8/1 Asbury Park, NJ - The Saint
8/2 Camden, NJ - Download Festival @ Tweeter Center
8/4 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
8/5 Boston, MA - T.T. The Bear's
8/8 Jersey City, NJ - All Points West Festival @ Liberty State Park
8/9 Pittsburgh, PA - New American Music Union Festival @ SouthSide Works
8/10 Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
8/12 Columbus, OH - The Basement
8/13 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
8/14 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle

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The Duke Spirit on Myspace

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