Drake – Dublin

March 20th, 2014 by

I love you, Dublin. I’m proud to be in Dublin. I think the best show of the tour is gonna be here in Dublin, Ireland. All phrases that one Aubrey Drake Graham repeats tonight, the only Irish stop on his Would You Like a Tour? tour. The deafening roars in response indicate the feeling is […]


Initial Electric Picnic line-up announced; Outkast, Beck and Portishead to headline

March 19th, 2014 by

The first Electric Picnic 2014 line-up has been revealed, with Outkast, Portishead and Beck revealed as this year’s headliners. Foals, Pet Shop Boys, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Portishead, Paolo Nutini, White Denim, Lily Allen, St Vincent, Simple Minds, London Grammar, Metronomy, Slowdive, Laura Mvula, Annie Mac, Flume, the Stranglers, the Blades, Stephen Malkmus & the […]


State’s gigs of the week, 17th-23rd March

March 17th, 2014 by

BELFAST Saturday Solar Bears (DJ set), Ryan Vail | 8:30pm, Voodoo | £8 on the door | The Thin Air rope in the Supermigration duo to spin some of their favourites. The Dandy Horses | 8pm, Black Box | £5 | EP launch for the eclectic, eccentric Belfast troupe. Sunday Stu Larsen | 8pm, Black […]


State’s New Music Mixtape #7

March 14th, 2014 by

Wrap your ears around this week’s mix, featuring fifteen of our favourite new (and new-ish) tracks… Dominique Young Unique – ‘Throw It Down’ Produced by Benga and DJ Fresh, this a squealing bundle of hyperactivity that may well eat itself for all the energy it expends. Reptile Youth – ‘Above’ Copenhagen duo seem content to […]


Imploded View – Mixed View EP

March 14th, 2014 by

You might know that RSAG is playing Button Factory tonight. This free gig will be recorded for sound and vision and also features support from the consummate Lasertom and Imploded View, who released a new EP, Mixed View, recently. Featuring remixes from RSAG, Daithí, the remix EP washes like a cool wave of low-key electronica […]


Win tickets to see Vann Music at the Button Factory

March 13th, 2014 by

Dublin electro-rock four piece Vann Music headline the Button Factory on Saturday with Otherkin, Children of the Son and Alibi Trax completing an all-Irish line-up to celebrate Paddy’s Day. We have two pairs of tickets to give away, and all you have to do is answer a simple question to be in with a chance […]


Warpaint, PE, 2manydjs announced for Forbidden Fruit Sunday

March 13th, 2014 by

Sunday at this year’s Forbidden Fruit festival will feature Warpaint, Public Enemy and headliners 2manydjs. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinousaurs, Gold Panda, Klangakarussell, Little Dragon and Brian Deady will also join the bill, which already included Flaming Lips and Flying Lotus as announced yesterday. Forbidden Fruit takes place on 31st May and 1st June at the […]


The Crayon Set – ‘Attack’

March 13th, 2014 by

The Crayon Set are back with a new song, and it’s worth a listen or two. Contrary to its title, ‘Attack’ is a rather sweet number complete with male-female vocal interplay, rushing violins and a fuzzy wall of guitars, but it’s not all twee and nostalgic. An upbeat and urgent song, ‘Attack’ is a fine […]


Beyoncé – Dublin

March 11th, 2014 by

If her recent self-titled album proved anything, it’s that Beyoncé has burst the seams of modern pop. She is now closer to a cult than a product of overwhelming talent and iconography, redefining what it means to be a ubiquitous star at a time when our tastes are more fragmented that at any point since […]


Vantastival line-up revealed

March 10th, 2014 by

Vantastival returns to kick off Irish festival season again this year from 2nd-4th May, and it has been announced that Hothouse Flowers, John Spillane and Tucan will headline its fifth edition. The full line-up can be seen below and includes the likes of the Hot Sprockets, the Vincent(s) and the Altered Hours. The festival will […]


State’s gigs of the week, 10th-16th March

March 10th, 2014 by

BELFAST Friday Stiff Little Fingers | 7pm, Ulster Hall | £22.50-24.50 | NI punk veterans. Saturday Kodaline | 7:30pm, Ulster Hall | £18 | Anthemic indie boys. CORK Thursday 2manydjs | 8pm, Cork Opera House | Soulwax, party division. Grave Lanterns | 11pm, Pavilion | FREE | Free grunge for your Thursday night. Friday Little […]


Massive Attack announced as Longitude headliners

March 5th, 2014 by

Massive Attack will headline the final night of this year’s Longitude festival, taking place in Marlay Park from 18th-20th July. The Bristolian trip-hop pioneers are the latest additions to the line-up along with Rudimental, The 1975, Banks, Parquet Courts, Krystal Klear, O Emperor, Eagulls, Ry X, Say Lou Lou, Son Lux, Josef Salvat and Samaris. […]


State’s gigs of the week, 3rd-9th March

March 3rd, 2014 by

BELFAST Monday James Bay | 7pm, Oh Yeah Music Centre | £8.50 | UK singer-songwriter; read his Incoming here. Tuesday John Grant | 8pm, Mandela Hall | £16.50-20 | The tragicomic bear returns for a few dates. Wednesday Rachel Sermanni | 8pm, Black Box | £10 | Scottish folk youngster. Thursday Mojo Fury | 8pm, […]


St. Vincent – St. Vincent

March 3rd, 2014 by

Alone in the Texan desert, Annie Clark takes off her clothes and feels at one with her surroundings. She asks, “Am I the only one?”; the answer given back by this fourth St. Vincent LP is a resounding no. And much as  isolation is not necessarily synonymous with loneliness, reaching out to others, both on […]