The Duke Spirit: ‘Pasty Indie Nerds’ Hit the Desert For ‘Neptune’

show|null|video|226939 “We’ve never been the sort of band that follows fashions and goes along with the pack. It’s more about following our own style, doing our own thing.” So says Luke Ford, guitarist for Brit-rock five-piece The Duke Spirit. To be fair, I thought they looked perfectly stylish when I spoke to them a couple… Read more »

What We’ve Learned From ‘Rockville, CA’

By Matt Elias Yesterday, we brought you a clip from the new Web series “Rockville, CA.” After watching the first four “Rockville” shows — er, “webisodes” — here’s what we’ve learned about life in an indie-rock club: » Any media type that’s on the guest list will breeze through the front door, while paying fans… Read more »

Anthony Kiedis Curates New College Band-Heavy Fest

Chili Pepper Anthony Kiedis is set to curate a new summer fest in…Pittsburgh? The two-day New American Music Union will give attention to 15 new college bands — and other little-known acts such as the Raconteurs and Gnarls Barkley. The college acts taking part will also be judged (like “American Idol”!), with the winner given… Read more »

When the UK Made a Difference in Indie Rock

show|null|video|226041 MTV News is running a piece this week about how the latest generation of British bands hit a kind of ceiling when trying to break through in the US. Unlike, say, Oasis, newer groups like the Duke Spirit, the Heavy, and the Kooks have pretty much given up on topping the American charts. All… Read more »

SXSW ’08: Thursday’s Live Reviews

Our Thursday recap is up and bursting with raves about Vampire Weekend, MGMT and Clipse, but you can also check out more detailed accounts at the You R Here blog. What happened yesterday? Well… · Serj Tankian, Ben Harper and Tom Morello raged against the war at Stubb’s · Yo La Tengo took on a… Read more »