New Solar Bears – ‘Interzone’

March 2nd, 2014 by

Solar Bears are back in the studio, working on the follow-up to their sepia-toned fantasia of second album, Supermigration, but they’ve found time to release a one-off cut from their sessions so far. ‘Interzone’ is their tribute to the late actor/director Dennis Hopper, best known for 1969’s Easy Rider, but the song doesn’t harken back […]


Win tickets to see the Jezabels this Sunday

February 24th, 2014 by

Fresh from the releasing their second album, the Jezabels are set to play two dates at the Button Factory this weekend. Now, Saturday is sold out, but we have a pair of tickets to give away for the Sunday show. The Sydney indie quartet will be supported on the night by Champs, who are making […]


State’s gigs of the week, 24th February – 2nd March

February 24th, 2014 by

BELFAST Friday The Jezabels | 7:30pm, Limelight | £16 | Forlorn Aussie indie troupe. Saturday Maximo Park | 7pm, Limelight | £16.50 | Geordie post-punk revivalists stagger on. Green Velvet, Midland, Dense, Pika | 9:30pm, Mandela Hall | £18-20 | The first Shine of the year. Sunday Ellie Goulding | 6:30pm, Odyssey | £27.50 | […]



Face of the Week: Monoak

February 19th, 2014 by

When Monoak dropped ‘Sync Sequence 1’ in the State inbox last month, we were intrigued, and then disappointed once we saw that the Dublin producer has shared  a mere three tracks with the world. That most recent track finds him experimenting with pitch and tone but not straying too far for his sound, established as a glitchy, […]


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

February 17th, 2014 by

BELFAST Monday The 1975 | 7:30pm, Ulster Hall | £17 | Indie pretty boys named ten years too early. Thursday George Ezra | 8pm, McHugh’s | £9.50 | Skiffle-y Bristolian singer-songwriter. Ed Zealous, Go Wolf, Affleck | 9pm, Limelight 2 | £7 | Album launch with some of Belfast’s best and brightest for support. Saturday […]


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

February 10th, 2014 by

BELFAST Tuesday Rudimental | 6:30pm, Odyssey | £27.50 | Dubstep/DnB crossovers. The Boxer Rebellion | 8pm, Limelight 2 | £14 | Rebelling. With their fists. Friday Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip | 9pm, Limelight | £15.50 | Neurotic, beardy rapper and producer. CORK Wednesday Naymedici | 11:30, Crane Lane Theatre | FREE | They […]


Incoming – Little Comets

February 5th, 2014 by

Who are you and where are you from? My name is Rob Coles. I sing and play guitar in a band called Little Comets. I come from a place called Jarrow in the north east of England. Who are your favorite artists from home? It’s lovely to come from a place where we have people […]


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

February 3rd, 2014 by

BELFAST Tuesday The Deep Dark Woods | 8pm, McHugh’s | £9.50 | Laid back country-rock. Thursday Cymbals, Documenta | 8pm, Limelight | £5 | Fun London dance-pop with a retro, anthemic bent. Saturday Little Comets | 7pm, Limelight 2 | £13 | Geordie indie-pop. CORK Friday Patrick Freeman | 9pm, Coughlan’s | €10 | Launching his […]


State’s gigs of the week, 27th January – 2nd February

January 27th, 2014 by

BELFAST Wednesday Less than Jake, Reel Big Fish | 8pm, Limelght | £23 | Ska-punk favourites. Thursday Killswitch Engage | 7pm, Limelight | £21.50 | Noughties metal favourites. Anamanaguchi | 8pm, McHugh’s | £10 | SNEScore favourites. This gimmick is tired already. Friday Tera Melos | 8pm, Sub Bar | £10 | X’ed Out alt-rock. […]


JVM, Haim, CHVRCHES, Bonobo added to Longitude line-up

January 24th, 2014 by

A host have acts have been added to this year’s Longitude line-up. Joining headliners Disclosure and Ben Howard will be James Vincent McMorrow, Bastille, Haim, CHVRCHES, Hozier, Sam Smith, Bonobo, John Talabot, Julio Bashmore, Cyril Hahn, Le Galaxie, Bondax and Roosevelt. There are more acts to come, with the next batch being announced on 6th […]



New Black Lips video – ‘Boys in the Wood’

January 23rd, 2014 by

Atlanta boogie-punk favourites Black Lips have a new album out in March and have now dropped the first taster from it, ‘Boys in the Wood’. It’s a slow song, it crawls at a treacle-like pace with that same ragged, boozy haze if not the barfight energy that has come to define Black Lips. While the […]


Disclosure record new version of ‘F for You’ with Mary J Blige

January 23rd, 2014 by

Disclosure have added another notch to their bed posts – I personally imagine that they still have bunk beds – with this new version of Settle favourite ‘F for You’ with Mary J Blige on vocals. After their Nile Rogers collaboration, ‘Together’, and an album brimming with the most sought-after vocalists in UK pop music […]