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(talking about a 'band') the duo has...something? or the duo have...something? what's the right use
I'd say 'have', but have nothing to back it up.
It irks me like an absolute fucker. But I can see the logic behind it.
don't trust that thing at all. anyway people i went with 'have', i'm ready for whatever the grammar Nazis throw at me
Autechre have released loads of albums
Daft Punk is playing at my house.
If James Murphy has said your second sentence he would have said Autechre *has* released loads of albums. As wza says up there^ there's seems to be a UK/US split on this. I'm pretty sure refering to a band in the singular is grammatically correct but it just sounds weird to me. For example if someone asked you "Do you like Radiohead?" should you reply "Yes/No, I think it is a great/shit band"?
Daft Punk the band are not playing at his house, rather the music of Daft Punk is playing at his house.
Is there really a US/UK divide? Shurely no one says The Strokes has released some records.
but I'm not sure what happens when the band name is actually a plural. I'm sure I've seen things like "The White Stripes is releasing a new album..." though.
If it's <Bad name> has/have then it's really your choice since it seems to be generally a US/UK English split. I prefer to think of a band as a plural.
so, "The council has decdided..." etc. I don't know if it applies to bands.
If it's a regular plural, or seems to be, like Deftones or Foals or Battles etc, then it usually takes plural agreement. 'Deftones is playing' sounds very odd to me; 'Deftones are playing' is fine.
But if they act as collective nouns, then singular agreement makes sense too. 'Interpol is playing' sounds okay, because it's one band playing (hopefully) as one collective unit. But 'Interpol are playing' also sounds okay, because it's a band and not a solo artist.
What about solo artists with 'band names'? Can you say 'Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. has/have broken up'? Hope so.
In most cases, it depends on the word. There isn't as much of as UK/US split as you might think - like most linguistic matters, it isn't cut and dried at all.
I'm pretty sure I use both, probably leaning towards plural for bands. That might be to distinguish them from the 'band name solo artists' like Get Cape. Onelinedrawing has actually broken up, interestingly.