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Bands To Watch #77: Matt Duke

By on Thursday, 29th January 2009 at 4:29 pm

Matt Duke (side)The latest emerging singer songwriter, Matt Duke has been quietly making his way to the top and yes, seemingly like most new artists, he is completely different and unique. He’s got more attitude than competitor James Morrison and, so I’m told, better looks than James Blunt.

It’s safe to say that there are hundreds of acoustic singer songwriters around so why does Matt Stand out? Well his songs have a bit more pop/rock feel about them compared to rivals and there is plenty more modern, electronic effects used than most other acts.

As far as talent goes, you need loads to make see of the others in the music industry and Matt displays his attributes with vast variety and quality.  So what songs should you check out? Well, “Sex and Returns” is a good way to break the ice and along with “I’ve got atrophy on the brain” reveals the upbeat pop sound that makes Matt’s material a little different. But if you’re put in the same category as James Blunt then you need slower, pure piano and acoustic guitar dominated tracks. “Rabbit” and the inventively named “Too much egg not enough Nog” tick this box.

I’m not sure Matt Duke will make it to the top of the top of our charts but he’ll definitely be up there. All the potential and talent is there but the tracks sound, in some ways, over produced. Even though Matt Duke has broken the mould of singer/songwriters with a bit more cest, it sounds a bit on the fence.


Duke Spirit / September and October UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 17th June 2008 at 7:13 pm

For the more musically astute amongst you, you’ll be pleased to know that the marvellous Duke Spirit have announced a string of dates up and down the UK in late September and early October.

Tickets for the 5 dates go on sale on Friday morning (20th June) at 9am.

Friday 26th September – Glasgow Oran Mor
Sunday 28th September – Leeds Cockpit
Monday 29th September – Manchester Club Academy
Tuesday 30th September – London Astoria
Wednesday 1st October – Brighton Komedia

Photo taken from rocktographer’s flickr stream under the creative commons license.


Duke Spirit / Spring UK Tour

By on Monday, 21st January 2008 at 6:00 pm

Duke SpiritFans of girl led punk / alternative rock listen up – Duke Spirit have announced a UK tour for March and April around the UK to accompany the release of new album ‘Neptune’ next month.

Tickets go on sale now, priced between £7.50 and £16 each.

Easter Sunday 23rd March – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Easter Monday 24th March – London Royal Albert Hall
Tuesday 25th March – London KOKO
Wednesday 26th March – Manchester Academy 3
Friday 28th March – Leeds Brunell Social Club
Saturday 29th March – Bristol Thekla
Sunday 30th March – Dublin Village
Monday 31st March – Belfast Limelight
Wednesday 2nd April – Glasgow King Tuts
Friday 4th April – Brighton Audio
Saturday 5th April – Exeter Hub

Photro taken from rocktographer’s flickr stream under the creative commons license.


Duke Spirit / October UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 11th September 2007 at 12:33 pm

Duke SpiritFans of girl led punk / alternative rock listen up – Duke Spirit has announced an October UK Headline tour.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday (thats the 14th September)

Wednesday 10th October – Liverpool Korova
Thursday 11th October – Leeds Cockpit
Friday 12th October – Glasgow ABC
Sunday 14th October – Bristol Fleece
Monday 15th October – Manchester Night & Day
Tuesday 16th October – Birmingham Academy
Wednesday 17th October – Norwich Arts Centre
Friday 19th October – Oxford Academy
Saturday 20th October – Nottingham Social
Sunday 21st October – London 229

Photro taken from rocktographer’s flickr stream under the creative commons license.


New festival for London: iTunes festival at ICA

By on Tuesday, 12th June 2007 at 3:24 pm

Imogen HeapThose lovely people at iTunes have set up their own “festival” in the centre of London to take place at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) throughout July, with a raft of the best in current bands playing each night.

iTunes will be recording each of the shows and are planning to make songs from the shows available via their music shop. The ICA holds about 350 people, making the shows exceptionally intimate.

The bands include, in date order:

Mika supported by Leon Jean-Marie (1)
Crowded House supported by Justin Nozuka (2)
Travis supported by The Hoosiers (3)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club supported by Nine Black Alps (4)
Groove Armada supported by Mutya Buena and Beardyman (7)
Ash supported by Ben’s Brother (8)
The View (9)
Imogen Heap supported by James Wolff (10)
Editors supported by GoodBooks (11)
Scott Matthews (12)
Athlete supported by Tiny Dancers (13)
Paolo Nutini (14)
Gianna Nannini (15)
Ludovico Einaudi supported by Dhafer Youssef (16)
The Bad Plus supported by Rebekka Bakken (17)
The Pigeon Detectives supported by The Rakes (18)
Beverley Knight supported by Raul Midón (19)
Stereophonics supported by Little Man Tate (20)
Jamie Scott & The Town (21)
Wir Sind Helden (23)
Amy Winehouse supported by The Rumble Strips and Remi Nicole (25)
Just Jack supported by Mr Hudson & The Library (26)
Jack Penate (27)
The Maccabees supported by Goldspot (28)
Duke Special supported by Tom McRae (29)
The Coral supported by Candie Payne (30)

Tickets will be given away free via radio, TV stations and band and fan websites. The specific details of which will be announced soon. Some tickets are already available from the itunes festival website.

Photo taken from Mteson’s flickr stream.


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