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The UK’s The Duke Spirit, fronted by the lovelier-than-ever Leila Moss, played an elegant and driving set before The Kooks’ headlining appearance on Tuesday night in Williamsburg. Moss, the embodiment of dark-mod-glam in a black empire mini dress and tall patent boots, rocked the room with her soulful voice and pounding tambourine. The band sounded better than ever, exchanging their shamanistic, muddy Jesus and Mary Chain vibe of previous shows for a cleaner, more uptempo sound.

Though the young, collegiate crowd was, for the most part, here to see their beloved Kooks, (who’ve pulled in countless mainstream music fans as a result of their heavy 2007 tour schedule and US chart-topping appearances on TV programs like The Tonight Show and more recently, Conan O’Brien), The Duke Spirit deservedly won over a large percentage of tonight’s responsive, feisty audience.

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The Duke Spirit’s set was heavily peppered with passionate new songs from their upcoming Neptune album, out in the U.S. this April. Anthemic tracks like “This Ship Was Built To Last” and “Into the Fold” easily commanded the room’s attention. Swoony, darker songs like the Nick Cave-esque “Dog Roses” revealed the band’s more hypnotic, psychedelic side.

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After a short break, The Kooks stormed on the stage, opening with hits “See the World” and “Eddie’s Gun” and powering through most of the songs from Inside In/Inside Out, while including new soon-to-be-hits like “Do You Wanna (Make Love To Me” and “Sway” from their upcoming second full-length, Konk. The crowd, mainly consisting of teens and early-twenty-somethings, was giddy upon hearing all their favorite songs and couldn’t get enough.

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Charismatic frontman Luke Pritchard, ever the spirited embodiment of a young Jagger/Dylan mix, came on solo with his acoustic for an encore of crowd favorites “Seaside” and “Jackie Big Tits”, and was then rejoined by the full band for the finale, “Sofa Song.” It was interesting to note his choice of T-shirt tonight, plastered with the logo of The Subhumans, an 80′s UK punk rock band. Could Pritchard really be a fan of these great anarcho-punks, best known for their heady, provocative lyrics as well as spastic live shows? Hard to imagine, but let’s hear it for open minds.

Though the sleet and snow kept some ticket holders away tonight, the sold out venue seemingly couldn’t have packed in more Kooks fans, so perhaps the bad weather was a blessing for those of us crowding the hot Music Hall.

It was only today that I found out Pritchard made a late-night solo appearance last night at Williamsburg’s Soundfix café for our friend Paul Mazier’s What It Is book party. Having seen The Kooks play an acoustic set at Soundfix last year, I’m sure it was a show I should now be kicking myself for having missed.–Madeline Virbasius-Walsh/photos by Tear-n Tan

 
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