POP: PICK OF THE WEEK

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The Duke Spirit

It's been a while brewing, but after changing labels and a subsequent delay in making an album, these west country transplants look set to do the business in 2005, with their stirring blues and soul-fuelled, psychedelic-tinged rock. While they're very much a band and a tight unit on and offstage, it's frontwoman Liela Moss who inevitably grabs the attention - her looks have helped get their pictures in the papers. However, more crucially, it's her stage prowess that makes the most impact. She not only owns a purring voice and a huge lung capacity - big enough to fill any venue - but possesess a fine line in harmonica- playing. She's the icing on the cake for what is a good old-fashioned, heads-down rock band. The Social, Nottingham, Wed

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