The xx have announced 25 intimate New York concerts. Between 19 and 29 March, the trio will perform a series of gigs for groups of just 40 people. Modelled on their shows at last summer's Manchester International Festival, the xx's March residency is intended to showcase the group's intimate music in an appropriate a setting as possible. The Manhattan shows will be even smaller than their Manchester gigs, even though the venue is the Wade Thompson Drill Hall, inside Manhattan's Park Avenue Armory, which is approximately 60m by 90m in size. g