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The Dutchess and the Duke with Greg Ashley 

It takes a special audio engineer to embark on tour with a band. But it takes an especially talented one to actually play drums in the band, as Greg Ashley is doing for the Dutchess and the Duke. The pairing is perfect: Ashley, leader of Oakland, Calif., psych/folk outfit Gris Gris, recorded the Seattle duo's sophomore release, October's Sunset/Sunrise (Hardly Art), in his Bay Area studio, and his group's warm, low-lighted analog halo lends it an autumnal glow. Jesse Lortz and Kimberly Morrison's 2008 debut, She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke, is a sneering salute to "Paint It Black"-era Rolling Stones, but here they take the same basic ingredients — guitars, tambourines, guy/girl harmonies that coalesce like coffee and cream — and add subtly dramatic keys and strings that swell and crash in all the right places. Ashley opens with solo material; joining him behind Lortz and Morrison are guitarists Jared Gummere and Melissa Elias of Chicago garage-rockers the Ponys. Here's hoping any encore is a medley. Tickets $5. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Dec. 14

The Dutchess and the Duke with Greg Ashley

10 p.m. Monday

Circle Bar, 1032 St. Charles Ave., 588-2616

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