Matthew E White – Big Inner

January 24th, 2013 by

January can be depressing. You wake up to darkness, gingerly brave the cold and dream about your duvet as if it were some great, lost love, but there are few better feelings than rediscovering comfort at the end of a long, bitter day. I know this, you know this, and Matthew E. White knows this. […]

Everything Everything – Arc

January 23rd, 2013 by

That Everything Everything’s ‘MY KZ, UR BF’, released in 2010, was a great pop song we can all agree. Perfect indie disco fodder – nothing more, nothing less. It’s difficult to write a band off as a one-hit wonder when their one hit only reaches 121 in the singles charts, but it never seemed as […]

Showtime! State’s gigs of the week

January 21st, 2013 by

Stealing Sheep gigs at the Róisín Dubh, Academy and McHugh’s Basement Bar have all been cancelled. The Owensie gig at The Twisted Pepper on 24th January has been postponed; a new date is yet to be set. Paloma Faith – Vicar St, Dublin (8:30pm, 21st January) – €28 Ms Faith makes her way down the […]

Kendrick Lamar – Dublin

January 15th, 2013 by

How often do American rappers ever come to Ireland? They barely even go to the UK or continental Europe. Sure, Lil Wayne and Eminem are both coming over this year but generally coming here is an afterthought, not even an obligation, so the fact that Kendrick Lamar is at Vicar St tonight is incredibly exciting. […]

Showtime! State’s gigs of the week and ticket giveaways

January 14th, 2013 by

Kendrick Lamar – Vicar St., Dublin (8:30pm, 14th January) – SOLD OUT “I pray my dick gets big as the Spire” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but K. Dot’s coming to Dublin anyway. Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott – Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin (6pm, 15th and 16th January) – €39.50-49.50 Christy’s […]

Villagers – {Awayland}

January 7th, 2013 by

There has always been a literary quality to the music of Villagers; amorphous and ever shifting but wholly engulfing parts of 2010’s debut album, Becoming A Jackal and this follow up. However, the Malahide troupe have evolved beyond Jackal, the Gothic melodrama of ‘I Saw the Dead’ and the brooding romanticism of ‘The Meaning of […]

Purity Ring – Dublin

December 3rd, 2012 by

Purity Ring are troublesome. The defy convention where the can; seemingly, just for fun. They’re an electronic duo who rely very little on filthy bass to arouse an audience, and they look like they should be aping Alison and Jamie; Matt & Kim or Jack and Meg, when really they take their inspiration from Clams […]

Crystal Castles – (III)

November 23rd, 2012 by

A Yemeni woman holds her ailing son close to her chest. He has just been exposed to tear gas; she is wearing a full burqa. The bleary image that adorns the cover of (III) says a great deal about the third Crystal Castles LP in its harrowing simplicity. For this is an album that confronts […]

Shabazz Palaces – Dublin

November 19th, 2012 by

Even if it is celebrating its bithday, The Twisted Pepper is dark and heavy as ever; images of Tupac Shakur, Spike Lee and several impressive dance troupes ease in and out of focus behind the stage, and the room begins to fill with bodies and noise. The atmosphere pre-empting the return of Shabazz Palaces to […]

The Weeknd – Trilogy

November 19th, 2012 by

Abel Tesfaye had a busy 2011, self-releasing three free albums and confirming himself as one of the most arresting voices in contemporary R&B. It was clearly a year worth celebrating for the Toronto mystery man, one he has chosen to honour with the mammoth Trilogy compilation. Comprised of House of Balloons, Thursday and last December’s […]

Autumn Owls – Between Buildings, Towards the Sea

November 9th, 2012 by

For a debut album, Between Buildings, Towards The Sea not only commits the cardinal sin of being both derivative and forgettable, but also sounds as if it could have been a coattail-riding hit seven years ago. There’s evidence of Autumn Owls as a melancholic Spoon or a more intimate iteration of Editors, and though it […]