Bad Bones..”Sound and vision come hand in hand for me”

February 28th, 2017 by

Set to perform alongside John Cummins, Valerie Francis, Holly Pereira, and Lime & Fancy DJs this Friday to kick off Hennessy Lost Fridays at the RHA, Bad Bones, aka Sal Stapleton, talks us through her influences, artistic vision, live show, and more. What was it that drew you to making electronic music in the first place? Can you […]


Carla Dal Forno – The Grand Social, Dublin – in photos

February 24th, 2017 by

Killian Broderick wrote like 10, 000 words about Carla Del Forno’s recent show in The Grand Social Dublin. Well, not ACTUAL words, but like the visual equivalent. These class photos (worth 1000 words, that old adage, sorry). Also captured in a digital photographic prism was support act Somerville.  


Group Zero – Structures and Light

February 24th, 2017 by

Usually found fronting Belfast quartet Girls Names, Cathal Cully’s debut foray into solo territory sees its release today. Under the guise of Group Zero, Cully’s first album proper is called Structures and Light and emerges via Belfast’s Touch Sensitive label, our recent partners for Output Belfast. Something of a sonic departure for Cully, the record is […]


Dioscó na mBó – Vanua (ft. Vėtra)

February 23rd, 2017 by

It’s always a treat when a track so strong, yet so simple, lands in the abyss of the State mailbox. Such is the case with ‘Vanua’, a silky, trip hop-esque cut from Sligo’s Dioscó na mBó, the trio of  Steven Conway, Rory Selby-Smith, and Jack Selby-Smith. Known for their penchant for analogue textures, as much […]


Listen to new music from At The Drive In

February 22nd, 2017 by

Back once again, At The Drive In have shared details of new album in • ter a • li • a – their first since Relationship of Command – as well as shared a new track in the form of ‘Incurably Innocent’, which follows up December’s ‘Governed By Contagions’. in • ter a • li • a is due out on […]


What’s On Other Voices This Week?

February 22nd, 2017 by

As the series continues to showcase the best of Irish and international music, we’re previewing each new episode ahead of its airing. Last week, there were stellar performances (and enlightening chat) from Conor Oberst, Carson McHone, Kojey Radical and Overhead, The Albatross. Some lineup, eh? This week, we have the sensational voice of Gregory Porter to look forward to. One […]



Karl Blau

February 16th, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? My name is called Karl Blau, I come from a series of small islands in the NW of Washington State known as the San Juan Islands.  I grew up on Samish Island and then as a twenty-something I moved to Fidalgo Island where 20 years later I […]


What’s on Other Voices this week?

February 14th, 2017 by

If you caught last week’s episode, you’d have seen Rejjie Snow, Mumford & Sons, Roisin O, and Saint Sister gloriously stake their claim on Other Voices, the series that boasts some of the best performances from the most essential artists, home-bred and internationally renowned. We’ve teamed up with Other Voices to give you a preview […]


Win a pair of tickets to Arcade Fire at Malahide Castle

February 13th, 2017 by

Having been absent from Irish shores for some time, anthemic Montreal indie outfit Arcade Fire have announced that they’ll play Belfast’s Ormeau Park on June 13th, as well as a huge headline show at Malahide Castle on the 14th. With tickets priced at €69.50 set to go on sale at 9am this Friday, 17th February, […]


What’s on Other Voices this week?

February 8th, 2017 by

Having made its splendid return for a landmark 15th series on the 2nd of February, Other Voices is teaming up with State to give viewers and music fans alike a taste of what to expect each week as we move through the best of Ireland’s vibrant music scene and beyond. The second episode of Other […]


New Portals set for debut EP release

February 8th, 2017 by

One of State’s Faces of 2017, the most excellent Belfast synth-pop duo New Portals have revealed details of their long-awaited debut EP. Stereo, which is set for release on the 10th of March, is preceded by the release of the title track (listen below) – a wistful, shimmering electronica cut propelled by exquisitely programmed percussive […]


Mountain Bike

February 7th, 2017 by

More readily known for esoteric electronica, Belgium has a new musical draw found in the form of the garage-rock currently being dispensed by up and coming band Mountain Bike. The four-piece, hailing from Brussels, have just released new single ‘This Lonely Place’, and it’s a fuzzy, jangling four minutes of promise. Taken from their upcoming About Too […]


Stormzy tour to take in Dublin and Belfast

February 7th, 2017 by

Purveyor of grit and grime, Stormzy has revealed he’ll be embarking on an upcoming tour, which includes two Irish dates. The London rapper will play Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on the 29th of March, and the Limelight Belfast on the 31st of March. Tickets are priced at €26.40 / £20 + booking fee and go on […]