Abner Browns launch women in music series

January 8th, 2016 by

One of Dublin’s most unusual and unsung music venues, Abner Browns Barbershop are to host a celebration of female musicians working on the Irish scene at the moment. As well as live performances, the gigs will feature the likes of Cait O Riordan, TXFMs Claire Beck and promoter/manager Una Molloy talking of their experiences and […]

Villagers – Where Have You Been All My Life?

January 8th, 2016 by

For Conor O’Brien, the beauty of adopting the Villagers’ guise once he emerged from the short lived majesty of The Immediate is that he’s been able to do pretty much whatever he likes. It’s enabled him to take advantage of opportunities as a solo artist alongside the positives of being part of a band. Album […]

Choice Prize shortlist announced

January 6th, 2016 by

The ten albums in the running for this year’s Choice Music Prize, taking place at Vicar St on March 3rd, have been revealed. The event will be broadcast live on Today FM in a special four hour extended programme during the Paul McLoone show. The 11th award (plus €10,000 prize money) will go to one […]

026 – Tom Robinson

December 30th, 2015 by

The final podcast of 2015 is with us and, even if we do say so ourselves, it’s not a bad way to finish the year. Tom Robinson was in Ireland recently for a couple of solo shows in support of his Only The Now album, marking his return to making records after a break of […]

Pesky! – ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’

December 23rd, 2015 by

Providers of one of our fifty tracks of the year in the shape of ‘Keep Me’, pre-teenage sensations Pesky! have once again proved their good taste by offering a Phil Spector cover for their Christmas single. We think they’ve nailed it but judge for yourselves…

Trial & Error

December 22nd, 2015 by

The end of the year may be nearly upon us but that doesn’t mean the new music is drying up here on State. Trial & Error are a production duo from Dublin who have caught the eye with their remix work and now equally impress with their own music. Featuring Katie Laffan on vocals, ‘Cried […]

Popical Island stage times

December 18th, 2015 by

Tomorrow sees the fifth Popical Island all dayer, whereby the musical collective take over Upstair’s At Whelan’s for a mammoth live session. Entry is a mere €10, and here’s what you get for your money: 3.00 Jonny Fun and the …Hesitations 3.45 Shrug Life 4.30 Owensie 5.15 Skelocrats 6.00 Walpurgis Family 6.45 Squarehead 7.30 Me […]

State Midnight Mass tomorrow

December 18th, 2015 by

The State Midnight Mass is back in a new home and at a new time. This year’s model finds us Upstairs at Whelan’s for a late night show kicking off, you guessed it, at midnight – straight after the good folk at Popical Island finish their all dayer. Our guests are September Girls (pictured), Bad […]

Angel Haze coming to Dublin next month

December 15th, 2015 by

There’s an early 2016 treat for hip-hop fans on January 15th, when rising star Angel Haze plays the Academy Green Room in Dublin. The date comes in support of her new EP Back To The Woods and tickets are on sale here.

Listen to New Pope’s Youth album

December 15th, 2015 by

While many, ourselves included, are taking a musical look back at the moment, there’s still new releases to enjoy. One such is Youth, the debut album from Galway’s New Pope. Available for free download up until Christmas Day, you should certainly take the opportunity to treat yourself to a record that is a subtle gem […]


December 9th, 2015 by

This Friday sees the release of Big GRRRL, Small World – the second album from Minneapolis based rapper Lizzo. We’re used to that part of the world producing thoughtful music but, even so, the lead single ‘My Skin’ is something special. Described by the musician as “a summoning of bodies: all shapes, sizes and shades”, […]

Watch Daithí’s new video

December 9th, 2015 by

We’ve been enamoured with the track ‘Mary Keane’s Introduction’ for a while now, so it’s nice to finally put some visuals to the music. Daithí’s music finally seems to be striking the right balance between the organic and electronic, and the new clip certainly reflects that – filmed as it was along the Galway and […]

Thrash Hat

December 9th, 2015 by

You’ll know the face, if not the name. Rory Friers has made his name as one of the guiding forces behind And So I Watch You From Afar, but incendiary guitar music isn’t the end to his talents. Thrash Hat sees him explore his electronic tendencies, if they aren’t that far removed from his previous […]

Tom Robinson

December 7th, 2015 by

This week sees the return to Ireland of Tom Robinson, with two solo acoustic shows in Dublin (Whelans, Wed 9th) and Cork (Cyprus Avenue, Thurs 10th). Back making music after a twenty year break (during which he became one of the leading lights in British radio), his new album Only The Now features the likes […]