Allyson Ezell – Beat This Drum

December 11th, 2014 by

Quirky American-French pop songstress Allyson Ezell has kindly shared her new single ‘Beat This Drum’ with State.ie ahead of its release on January 19th.  Jazzy, percussive and stripped back to the core, ‘Beat This Drum’ is an ample indicator of Ezell’s talent for vocal arrangement and individualistic style.  Have a listen and you’ll see what […]


Sinkane shares new remix track; announces Spring 2015 tour

December 9th, 2014 by

Sinkane, AKA Ahmed Gallab and band, has announced an extensive tour of the US and Europe for Spring 2015.  Still riding high from September’s Mean Love  LP, Sinkane’s blend of modern electronica and African inspired melodies has seen him garner some serious success, and as a result, he’s setting out to spread the word.  Check out […]


Independent festivals group together for special ticket offer

December 9th, 2014 by

In somewhat of a promotional first, Vantastival, Sunflowerfest and Spirit of Folk festival have announced that they’ll be banding together this Christmas to offer full weekend camping passes to all three events for the kindly sum of €170.  These three festivals, widely regarded as some of the most unique and interesting in Ireland, take place […]


Hillström and Billy – Keys In The Lake

December 8th, 2014 by

We’re on a bit of a lo-fi kick at the minute here at State and there is no more perfect an example than the latest single from Swedish indie-folk merchant Hillström and Billy.  ‘Keys In The Lake’ is a sweet, subtle mix of reverberated guitars, harmonica and optimistic melodies.  It’s beautifully stripped-back and extremely catchy and […]


AC/DC – Rock or Bust

December 8th, 2014 by

Rock bands courting controversy is by no means a new concept.  However, a rock band whose career has spanned the best part of forty years and whose members share a collective age of some hundreds, who are still engaging in what the media presumably feels is a dream come true has to be applauded.  Lets say […]


Villagers, Fight Like Apes and more team up for charity Xmas single

December 5th, 2014 by

In aid of homeless charity the Peter McVerry Trust, the Christmas Hearts project, spearheaded by Niall Jackson of Bouts, is aiming to raise awareness and money for the growing social issue that’s becoming an ever-increasing tragedy across Ireland.  ‘Christmas Is In Your Heart’, which features artists from Villagers, Fight Like Apes, Bouts, Spring Break, Land […]


Dalton

December 5th, 2014 by

Dalton, AKA Nate Harar, is beginning to build up a following for his brand of lo-fi, melody driven indie.  Inspired by the quieter moments of artists like David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana and Blur, Dalton is eschewing the epic formalities that drive the overwhelming majority of rock songs in favour of a stripped down, back to basics […]


Girl Band to play The Twisted Pepper

December 5th, 2014 by

Having just signed a phenomenal, world-wide release deal with Rough Trade, Dublin noise-rockers Girl Band have announced a special hometown show at The Twisted Pepper for the 31st of January.  The event will be curated by the band and will feature special guest Princess & Peaks.  In light of their recent success and the fact […]


Ryan Hemsworth set for District 8 show

December 5th, 2014 by

Hidden Agenda and Archetype have announced that they’ll be hosting Ryan Hemsworth, as part of his European tour, at District 8, Dublin, on February the 28th.  The Canadian producer, who is gaining serious momentum with his fresh approach to hip-hop and R&B productions, will be joined by Dublin native and up and coming hip-hop talent […]


New music from Ben Frost

December 4th, 2014 by

Ahead of it’s full release on the 9th of December, Ben Frost has made his latest EP ‘Variant’ available to stream through Pitchfork Advance.  Frost, known for his experimental blend of downbeat electronica and minimalist composition, has already seen huge success this year from his album Aurora, and is certain to experience similar plaudits with this latest offering. […]


The Sugar Club to host Block T Xmas party

December 4th, 2014 by

We all like a good Christmas bash, right?  Mulled wine, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and the classic, sweet tones of ol’ Bing Crosby buzzing from the wireless.  Good times.  This year though, mix it up a bit.  A lot, actually, and check out the lineup for the Block T Christmas party at Dublin’s […]


New music from Jordan Klassen

December 4th, 2014 by

Folk-pop songster and all round melody merchant Jordan Klassen has shared ‘Piano Brother’, the latest single to be taken from last year’s highly regarded Repentance LP.  Wonderfully bittersweet and just a tad infectious, ‘Piano Brother’ will be out and about from December 19th.  Go on and have a listen for now sure:  


Jape set for 2015 European Tour

December 3rd, 2014 by

To mark the release of his new LP The Chemical Sea, which drops on the 23rd of January, Jape (Richie Egan and Friends) has announced a tour of Europe that will see him play dates in Sweden, Germany, France, Ireland and more, in early 2015.  New single ‘Seance of Light’, the second track to be taken from […]


Idlewild announce Irish tour dates

December 3rd, 2014 by

Having recently regrouped to work on a new album after entering an indefinite hiatus in 2010, legendary Scottish indie outfit Idlewild have announced a series of shows across Europe and the UK to mark the release of their upcoming LP Everything Ever Written, which is due for release on February 9th.  You can catch them at the Limelight […]