Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on August 5, 2010

photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: The Dutchess & The Duke - Living This Life (MP3)
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The Dutchess & the Duke @ Spider House
The Dutchess & The Duke

Seattle's The Dutchess and the Duke are led by songwriters Jesse Lortz and Kimberly Morrison. Their most recent americana-folk LP, Sunset/Sunrise, came out in October 2009 (shortly before they played the BV CMJ loft party). Two songs from that record are above. The duo (who sometimes play as a full band) performed an amazing, informative set at the Hardly Art showcase at SXSW earlier this year (Jesse offered one *unverified* tip on how to get around Austin's smoking ban: light up on stage, and it's first-amendment-protected art). That same week they performed an acoustic-on-the-ground show at Spider House. A set of pictures from the latter are in this post. Most recently they opened for New Pornographers at the Bell House and other shows on the collective's tour.

The group comes back to NYC for a pair of shows on a short tour this September. The first is September 3rd at Union Pool. Tickets are on sale. The second happens September 4th at Mercury Lounge with The Wailing Wall. Tickets are on sale.

Videos of the group, more SXSW pics and all tour dates are below...

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The Dutchess and The Duke - Strangers - Luxury Wafers Sessions

The Dutchess And The Duke - Never Had A Chance [Live]

The Dutchess & The Duke "Back to Me"

The Dutchess and the Duke - 2010 Tour Dates
08.29.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
09.03.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
09.04.10 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
09.12.10 - Seattle, WA - Theater off Jackson
12.10-12.10 - Minehead, UK - Bowlie 2 ATP fest

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Comments (11)

I remember seeing the Dutchess and the Duke open for Fleet Foxes at Bowery. The "Duke" wouldn't shut up about how sick everyone in FF was. Robin had a cough, etc. I have disliked this band ever since.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:06 AM

The Dutchess stole 10:06's wallet, then the Duke demanded an exorbitant reward for its return.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:19 AM

I too remember seeing the Dutchess and the Duke open for Fleet Foxes at Bowery. After the show, the Dutchess asked if she could bum a cigarette. As I reached into my pocket for the carton of American Spirits, the Duke bludgeoned me from behind with a tire iron. I woke up in the hospital, head throbbing; my wallet had been stolen. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, my "nurse" asks how I'm doing. It's the Duke. He whispers in my ear, "If you ever tell anyone, make no mistake, I will murder you." I have disliked this band ever since.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:47 AM

I caught the Dutchess and the Duke opening for the New Pornographers at the Bell House back in June.  I jokingly asked the Dutchess if she could beat Neko Case in a fight. The Duke drunkenly stumbled by and fell on me, crushing my ribcage. Worst of all, as I was being carted into the ambulance, I noticed that the two of them were cackling hysterically while eating my hummus. I have disliked this band ever since.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:05 AM

I started reading BrooklynVegan within weeks of its debut. I have disliked the comments section and the dumb fucks who inhabit it ever since.

Posted by soysalami | August 5, 2010 11:25 AM

if you are looking for a 4th rate Peter, Paul and Mary re-tread, look no further.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:12 PM

I can't decide if the Spider House looks fun, or if it's just an insufferable romper room for hipsters.

Posted by LKJ | August 5, 2010 2:47 PM

The Dutchess and the Duke is a lame band name and they were as flat as the New Pornographers when they played at T5. Find something else to do or just go to sleep, you'll have more fun.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:35 PM

boring

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:36 PM

The 1st Dutchess & Duke album is good, y'all.

Posted by LKJ | August 5, 2010 5:23 PM

ha.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 7:31 PM

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