My Bloody Valentine – m b v

February 4th, 2013 by

For the most part of 1991, I was 15. That’s when Loveless came out and I, like many curtain-haired teen, had a copy. I thought I loved it, Melody Maker told me so, but truthfully I loved their debut album much more. I got both records at the same time – pretending I liked Shoegaze […]


Faces Of 2013: Forrests

January 8th, 2013 by

Forrests are Paul O’ Reilly and Owen O’ Mahony from Dublin crew Channel One. While their main band is on hiatus, the duo are are spinning on a wistful pivot. Sounding like Fuck Buttons with a hangover, Forrests’ music is a buzzsaw of concurrently whirling electronics with an appetite for Slowdive-era euphoria. They play off […]


Nils Frahm on working within and outside constraints

November 22nd, 2012 by

On his last LP, German pianist Nils Frahm composed a suite of songs with felt on his piano strings to dampen the sound – giving the record its name, Felt. His latest record also features such a damper, but it wasn’t so much self-imposed as imposed upon him. Screws was born out of an event. […]


Passion Pit, Chvrches & Chad Valley – Dublin

November 13th, 2012 by

Filling a venue such as the Olympia of a squally Sunday night is a challenge at best. Sure it’s essentially free entry with a few beverage tokens thrown in too, but the main attraction, and what the people behind Heineken Live Project got right, is a deftly constructed line-up – crafted of only three acts, […]


Beach House – Dublin

November 1st, 2012 by

To the wider audience, Teen Dream was year zero for Beach House. Nothing changed musically. Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand made heavily romantic, hazy dream pop on their eponymous debut, as they did with Devotion. It’s what they do. It’s what they did with Teen Dream. Only consistency, built on great songwriting with some subtle […]


Halls – Ark

October 19th, 2012 by

The video accompaniment to ‘Roses For The Dead’ is a close-up of a beating cardiac muscle. One under the strain of pressure, high and low. A strong steady pulse with moments of palpitation. Life’s elemental organ, drowning in its own purpose. The heart of Ark. For all his modernistic influence and peers, Samuel Howard is […]


Incoming: The Necks

September 12th, 2012 by

It’s with much anticipation that Australian experimentalists The Necks play Whelan’s in Dublin on Saturday night. Known for their improvisational performances, the trio layer jazz piano, double bass and drums – pushing each instrument to its limit. Tickets for Saturday’s show are priced at €20, available from WAV. Who are you and where are you […]


Win VIP tickets to Electric Picnic / day by day line-up

August 17th, 2012 by

Thanks to Casa Bacardí, we have a pair of VIP tickets to give away for Electric Picnic that include entry into the festival for three days and access to the Bacardi VIP area. Their line up this year includes Francois K, Crazy P., Prins Thomas, Darshan Jesrani (Metro Area), Todd Terje and The 2 Bears […]



Win passes to see Wu Legends

July 12th, 2012 by

Wu Tang’s GZA, Raekwon, Masta Killa and Ghostface Killah will all appear as Wu Legends in The Button Factory, on Sunday July 15th, for a show that was only announced a week ago. Tickets are on sale now, a steel at €33. We have two pairs up for grabs, just mail your details to giveaway@state.ie […]


Win passes to see Shackleton live

July 2nd, 2012 by

“I think what’s on MTV is dark, I find what’s on primetime television dark, I find the culture of the whole modern world dark. Maybe what I make isn’t as glossy as other people’s music but I don’t think it’s dark. I find it warm and embracing. I see it as very celebratory music,” so […]



Register for Glastonbury 2013

June 20th, 2012 by

If it wasn’t for the gap year, Glastonbury 2012 would open its gates today. Instead, registration has opened for 2013 with tickets going on sale Sunday October 7th. Be mindful, if you haven’t been for a year or so your existing registration might have slipped so head over to the Glastonbury site to check it […]


Forbidden Fruit Fringe Parties

May 31st, 2012 by

What’s a festival without a host of Fringe activities. The Button Factory, Twisted Pepper, Sin É, The Market Bar, Sweeneys and Pygmalion will all be running late night parties and extra gigs around this weekend’s Forbidden Fruit in Dublin. Here’s a breakdown: Friday 1st June The Forbidden Fruit Opening Party in The Button Factory with […]