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This UK outfit knows how to rock. I was introduced to them through listening to John Richards show on KEXP. The brash, bluesy, female-fronted five-piece who tout spunky energy tempered music with the forlornness of the blues. The Duke Spirit are no slouches. The group has lurked confidently ever since the summer 2003 release of their debut EP Roll, Spirit, Roll.

This is no crap like The Killers of some weak collection of insincere sounding plodding mid-tempo songs by a group of faux-sensitive men. This is the real deal. I am sure I am a bit behind the curve on these guys and gal (I usually am when it comes to indie rock) but I wanted to pass them along regardless. Duke Spirit singer Leila Moss possess the scowl of Karen O and her lyrics are bitting and bluesy as hell. Good stuff all around.

The Duke Spirit released their newest album Cuts Across the Land in 2005. Be sure to grab this album.

Mp3: The Duke Spirit - "Lion Rip"*
Mp3: The Duke Spirit - "Win Your Love"

Buy the record from Star Time.

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c said... @ 3/28/2006 09:45:00 AM

i just saw the duke spirit open for ted leo on sunday in nyc. i was impressed by the singer. she has a very sexy, but powerful stage presence and they definitely rock out. like almost everything else out there, it's pretty derivative, but they were definitely impressive.

K. said... @ 3/28/2006 10:11:00 AM

Very cool C. I have heard good things about their live performance. I am sure there is no chance they come to Vermont but very cool you got to check them out.

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