The Dutchess & the Duke Are Coming Your Way

September 2nd, 2010

Childhood friends Jesse Lortz and Kimberly Morrison had already played together in a few garage-punk groups over the years when they decided to write material together. In a nod to the Flying Dutchmen, a “deconstructionist R&B band” they’d been in, they named their new musical outfit the Dutchess & the Duke. Their sound comes off as rough-and-tumble folk and punk, and they put out their first album, She’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke, in 2008. Their second LP, the less stark Sunset/Sunrise, was released last year. And the Dutchess & the Duke (above, doing “Out of Time”) play Mercury Lounge on Saturday night.