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XAM Duo play their first show of 2017 next weekend in Folkestone.

The duo of Hookworms’ Matthew Benn and Deadwall’s Christopher Duffin, whose self-titled debut album was released in November last year to great acclaim, will play the Quarterhouse venue in the Kent seaside town on Saturday (February 4) as part of this year’s Profound Sound festival, which has been put together by Folkestone Fringe and our friends at Hot Salvation. XAM Duo play alongside Cowtown and Virginia Wing. Also appearing at the festival, which takes place from Friday to Sunday, are Cosmic Thoughts and Leafcutter John.

There are also a number of other events and activities across the weekend, including XAM Duo’s Modular Synth Workshop, which takes place in the Quarterhouse bar from 11am on Sunday, February 5. You can join Matthew and Christopher and learn how to build up a patch from scratch.

The full line-up of performances and events, plus timings and venue information can be found in a downloadable programme here.

Tickets are just £27 for a weekend pass, £10 per day or £5 per event and can be bought here. Under 23s are free.

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Spectres have announced a mammoth tour of the UK and Europe to support the release of their second album, ‘Condition’, which is out on March 10. The dates begin with a special hometown show at Bristol’s Cube cinema, where the band will be performing ‘Condition’ in full, as part of an intense AV show. They then visit Ramsgate, London and Cornwall, before forays to Spain, Italy, Germany and Denmark, then heading back to Scotland, the north, the midlands and ending up back in Bristol at the end of April.

More dates will be added, but these are confirmed so far:

04/03/17 – UK – Bristol – Cube – Tickets
21/03/17 – UK – Ramsgate – Ramsgate Music Hall – Tickets
23/03/17 – UK – London – Birthdays – Tickets
25/03/17 – UK – Falmouth – Mono – Tickets

29/03/17 – FR – Paris – Supersonic

31/03/17 – ES – Barcelona – Psych Fest
02/04/17 – ES – Victoria-Gasteiz – Ahotsgora

07/04/17 – IT – Brescia – Lio Bar

08/04/17 – CH – Basel – Hirscheneck

10/04/17 – DE – Leipzig – Akko
11/04/17 – DE – Hamburg – Hafenklang

13/04/17 – DK – Aarhus – Radar
14/04/17 – DK – Aalborg – 1000Fryd
15/04/17 – DK – Copenhagen – Musikcaféen

19/04/17 – UK – Nottingham – The Angel – Tickets
20/04/17 – UK – Sheffield – Picture House Social – Tickets
21/04/17 – UK – Glasgow – Nice N Sleazy – Tickets
22/04/17 – UK – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s – Tickets
23/04/17 – UK – Sunderland – The Museum Vaults – afternoon show
24/04/17 – UK – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club – Tickets
25/04/17 – UK – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds – Tickets
26/04/17 – UK – Oxford – The Cellar – Tickets
27/04/17 – UK – Rugby – Venue TBA
28/04/17 – UK – Brighton – The Hope & Ruin – Tickets
29/04/17 – UK – Bristol – The Exchange – Tickets

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We will be attempting to run a record stall while also playing some tunes at the O2 Forum Kentish Town on Saturday (January 28) as part of the Club The Mammoth All-Dayer, which sees live sets from The Fall, Hookworms, Girl Band and many more.

Doors open at 4pm for the label market, which features stalls from Alcopop, Dirty Bingo, Fuzz Club Records and Mute as well as our good selves. If you’re hungry, then Dirty Burger’s van will be parked up right outside the venue.

Tickets can be bought here.

The live line-up is as follows:

Goat Girl – 4.45pm
Tigercub – 5.45pm
Hookworms – 6.45pm
Girl Band – 8pm
Future Of The Left – 9.15pm
The Fall – 10.45pm

There’s more information on the Facebook event page.

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XAM Duo – the new outfit formed by Matthew Benn of Hookworms and Christopher Duffin of Deadwall – will launch their debut album with a special show at the Total Refreshment Centre in London on Saturday, November 5. They will be joined for a night of indoor aural fireworks by a very special secret guest and also London-based experimentalist Moon Gangs. Doors open at 7pm, the live music finishes at 11pm and there will be DJs until 1am.

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XAM Duo will also play a number of dates supporting The Early Years towards the end of November, plus hometown shows supporting Anna Meredith and Sealings. Here’s a full list:

October 14 – Leeds – Wharf Chambers (with Sealings)
November 1 – Leeds – Belgrave Music Hall (with Anna Meredith)
November 5 – London – Total Refreshment Centre (album launch)
November 24 – Leeds – Wharf Chambers (with The Early Years)
November 25 – Manchester – Aatma (with The Early Years)
November 26 – Newcastle – Cumberland Arms (with The Early Years)

‘XAM Duo’ is out on November 4. Its six tracks of improvised ambient beauty are both meditative and peaceful. It is astral jazz with an experimental kosmische undercurrent; modular synths meet saxophones; Cluster meets Terry Riley; Laurie Spiegel meets Pharoah Sanders; Ohr meets Impulse!. A warm, immersive and downright musical record, it rewards repeat listens. Watch the video for the edited version of ‘I Extend My Arms’:

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Pre-order ‘XAM Duo’ on iTunes – smarturl.it/xamduoitunes

Pre-order ‘XAM Duo’ on Bandcamp – smarturl.it/xamduobandcamp

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Luna play their classic 1995 album ‘Penthouse’ in London tomorrow night (Friday, October 7). Sonic Cathedral has teamed up with Club The Mammoth and Academy Events to put on the show, which will see Dean Wareham, Sean Eden, Lee Wall and Britta Phillips run through Rolling Stone’s 99th best album of the ’90s in full.

Support comes from Drift and Luna bassist Britta Phillips, who released her debut solo album ‘Luck Or Magic’ earlier this year, plus a Sonic Cathedral DJ set between the bands. Doors are at 7pm, with an 11pm curfew.

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In case you needed reminding just how good ‘Penthouse’ is…