Tinariwen – Emmaar

February 12th, 2014 by

Their sixth studio work, Emmaar is the first Tinariwen album to be recorded outside of their native North Africa. Due to continuing unrest and political instability in their native Mali the rebel fighters, who beat their swords into ploughshares as far back as the ’80s, struck camp and relocated to the States for the recording […]

Foals – Dublin

February 6th, 2014 by

Tonight, the more sensible denizens of this fair Isle are snuggled up in their abodes bracing themselves for yet another onslaught of hurricane >insert this week’s humanising name given to God’s vengeful-homophobic-wrath storm

Mogwai – Rave Tapes

January 20th, 2014 by

Although it’s been a full three years since Mogwai last released a studio album (the excellent Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will), they haven’t exactly sat back and relaxed. In the interim we’ve had remix project A Wrenched Virile Lore and the critically acclaimed, universally loved and hauntingly sublime soundtrack to everyone’s favourite French […]

Television – Dublin

November 24th, 2013 by

Tom Verlaine and his cohorts have been gazing at me from the American Gothic-esque cover of Marquee Moon since way back in 1977. After 36 years of awkwardly averting their relentless and emaciated stares, the closing weeks of 2013 finally bring the chance to eyeball back the creators of one the 20th century’s finest musical […]

Primal Scream – Dublin

October 30th, 2013 by

On Sunday 27th October, the clocks went back, heralding the start of our yearly descent into the darkest depths of winter. And it was on that Sunday Morning of all Sunday mornings that the original rock ‘n’ roll poet of the forgotten pimps, dopers, trannies, street hasslers and hustlers shuffled off this mortal coil to […]

God Is An Astronaut…”it’s like we’re at war”

October 24th, 2013 by

With new album Origins gaining them some of the best reviews of their career and three Irish dates this week, State spoke to God Is An Astronaut’s Torsten Kinsella about the past, present and future of the band…. A recurring theme in the reviews of your latest album is that GIAA are a well kept […]

Darkside – Psychic

October 16th, 2013 by

Darkside’s Psychic is the latest collaboration from the American-Chilean electronic wunderkind Nicolas Jaar and his touring guitarist and fellow New Yorker Dave Harrington. House, deep house, Chilean chill-wave, blue wave, whatever the hell the hipsters are calling it at the moment, those versed with Jaar’s output will be on familiar ground here. The opening track, […]

God Is An Astronaut – Origins

September 23rd, 2013 by

Eleven years into the game and (arguably) Wicklow’s finest post rock outfit God Is An Astronaut are onto their seventh album. Origins is an apt title. The band have said that the album is a return to their origins, a step back (but not backwards) to the music that drove the men from the Glen […]

Factory Floor – Factory Floor

September 16th, 2013 by

We’re told that good things come to those that wait. That’s why Guinness drinkers savour the waiting time as the pint-o-plain settles, it’s why pork belly takes half a day of slow and low cooking to get it right and it’s why it’s been worth the eight year wait for Factory Floor to release their […]

The Strypes – Snapshot

September 11th, 2013 by

So it’s finally here, after all the hype and hoopla, those aged bluesmen from Cavan’s Backwater Delta, The Strypes, have delivered their debut long player. By now we’re all well versed in their creation myth. Collectively they’re the same age as Ozzy Osbourne. They’ve received shout outs and acclaim from such luminaries as Paul Weller, […]

Ennio Morricone – Dublin

July 31st, 2013 by

In a summer of big outdoor shows, who’d have thought that one of the hottest tickets would be Ennio Morricone’s debut performances in the Republic of Ireland. The first date sold out in 8 minutes, quite a feat given the price of the tickets and the continuing economic woes of our impoverished isle. Chancellor Merkel […]

Verve Remixed – The First Ladies

July 18th, 2013 by

Founded in ’56, Verve Records has long been the home of quality jazz and blues artists and, since 2002, has been releasing a series of albums where they get the bright young things of today to remix the maestros and divas of yesteryear. This time out for the eighth in the series, it’s the turn […]

Bobby Womack – Dublin

July 12th, 2013 by

Pulling into town hot and almost direct from the Sunday night headline slot on the West Holts stage at Glastonbury, you can guarantee that Bobby Womack’s appearance on the Beeb’s extensive coverage of the festival is responsible for putting a few more asses on the seats of the Olympia Theatre. Womack has been performing since […]

Black Sabbath – 13

June 18th, 2013 by

2013 is proving to be the year of the seldom seen comeback kid, with My Bloody Valentine, Boards of Canada, David Bowie and Daft Punk coming out of their collective hiatuses and dropping credible works in our laps like manna from Heaven. And then there’s Black Sabbath. It’s been 43 long years since Ozzy and […]