The National – Dublin

November 11th, 2013 by

The National’s sixth studio album, Trouble Will Find Me, undeniably cemented their ascension to the mainstream, a trajectory spearheaded by the breakout successes of Alligator and Boxer, and escalated by the commercial success of High Violet. A natural progression to larger venues has in turn ensued – hold dear the memories of seeing them perform […]


Haim – Dublin

May 28th, 2013 by

Hype can be a wonderful thing, and Haim are a band who have indulged it to the hilt. They wowed on a global scale off the back of a free-to-download debut EP which spawned one of THE songs of 2012 in the form of ‘Forever’, and drew rave reviews from subsequently showcasing their wares at […]


Local Natives – Dublin

February 13th, 2013 by

Since their debut at the Academy 2 back in September ’09 Irish audiences just haven’t been able to get enough of Local Natives – tonight’s show in Whelan’s sold out in an instant, with nothing but a lead single in the form of ‘Breakers’ to whet appetites for the band’s new material. Hummingbird, the follow […]


Martha Wainwright – Dublin

February 7th, 2013 by

While Martha Wainwright draws a crowd every time she graces Ireland with her presence, tonight marks a departure for her, having been plucked from the more traditional music venues in the Capital and instead taking to the stage -w ell, altar – of the revered Pepper Canister Church. The youngest member of the Wainwright dynasty, […]


First Aid Kit – Dublin

November 27th, 2012 by

First Aid Kit have come a long way since creating a buzz by posting of a Fleet Foxes cover on YouTube back in 2008. Debut album The Big Black & The Blue materialised in 2010 to bring them acclaim and fame and The Lion’s Roar followed in January of this year to further it. Following […]


Julie Feeney – Clocks

November 16th, 2012 by

Multi award-winning, critically acclaimed, singer/composer/producer/orchestrator/multi-instrumentalist Julie Feeney has never been one to pay heed to convention when it comes to crafting music. With roots of the classical variety teamed with a penchant for pop, she has established a reputation for herself as being one of the most uniquely original and adventurous of Irish artists – […]


Bon Iver – Dublin

November 14th, 2012 by

From the intimate confines of that revered 2008 Tripod show, to a pitch-perfect match with the Grand Canal Theatre last October, to selling out The O2 this November eve – Bon Iver’s graduation through the ranks of Irish venues has been synonymous with their rise to global fame. From creating a blogosphere buzz with the […]


Little Green Cars – Dublin

November 12th, 2012 by

Thursday night in Whelan’s and the buzz is palpable, as Bleeding Heart Pigeons and Gypsies on the Autobahn provide the prelude to the much-anticipated headline slot from Irish buzz-band of the moment. Earmarked way-back-when by State, the quintet have since been lavished with ones-to-watch plaudits far and wide – from unending acclaim here at home, […]


Django Django – Dublin

October 31st, 2012 by

Back in February, Scottish, English and Northern Irish buzz-band of the moment Django Django made their debut Irish live appearance in the sweaty confines of Grand Social. Their vast potential was limited by being squeezed onto a stage that was much too small to contain them, but nevertheless it was a performance worthy of the […]


Marina & The Diamonds – Dublin

October 18th, 2012 by

It’s been just under two years since Marina and the Diamonds last lit up the stage of a Dublin venue, when a capacity crowd packed out Vicar Street to witness the final stages of her evolution from much-hyped darling of the internet into polished popstar of the highest order. Then, it was the seemingly endless […]


Heathers – Dublin

October 1st, 2012 by

It’s been a whirlwind three weeks for Heathers since the release of their widely acclaimed second album, Kingdom. The sisters Macnamara have been in hot demand, from record store signings to nationwide radio interviews and even a slot performing on the opening Late Late Show of the season. It’s all been leading up to taking […]


Snow Patrol / Florence & The Machine – Dublin

July 10th, 2012 by

In the absence of Oxegen to draw the big names in for exclusive Irish performances this summer, the third of the Phoenix Park series of concerts offers a veritable mini-festival of all day entertainment – the big guns Florence & The Machine and Snow Patrol, with a strong supporting cast. Granted, the 45,000 people who […]


My Roots Are Showing: Elaine Buckley on Bruce Springsteen

July 5th, 2012 by

Our upcoming albums of 2012 so far poll offers, as ever, a wide range of styles and genres yet one record made a recurring appearance in the votes of the State team, no matter what their musical persuasion. Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball is an extraordinary piece of work that has struck a chord beyond his […]


The Cast Of Cheers – Family

June 15th, 2012 by

It’s the fairytale of the Irish DIY music scene – band records album, band uploads album to internet as a free download, band members’ lives change dramatically. The story of how Swords foursome The Cast of Cheers came to become one of the country’s most promising musical exports off the back of debut album Chariot […]