Meltybrains? Tour Photo Exhibition launches Wed eve in Dublin

June 22nd, 2015 by

Mark McGuinness has been one of State’s heroic photographers for a number of years now. Not only was some of his best work featured on the cover, and throughout, our Faces of 2015 publication in January – he also went to SXSW for State and covered Meltybrains? journey through Texas. His new exhibition expands on […]

Foo Fighters – Slane Castle

June 2nd, 2015 by

It can be a bit of an endurance test, can Slane. Not content with the challenges of plotting a route via small roads and skirting checkpoints to miraculously arrive at a carpark a stones throw from the entrance, the weather app promises a 100% chance of wetness later that evening. The undercard do their best […]

Purity Ring – Button Factory, Dublin

May 6th, 2015 by

Though always a challenge transporting a two-person band to a live arena, Purity Ring stepped up any beyond with cascading curtains of globe lights bracketing Megan James and Corin Roddick on the last night of their current tour. Though Megan’s gorgeous voice was a little low in the mix it was also the only instrument that didn’t […]

The Decemberists – Vicar St, Dublin

February 18th, 2015 by

Colin Meloy voice’s – with the rounded vowels of an 18th century English sea dog – is the only sound in the room aside from his guitar as The Decemberists play the first song from their latest album, live for the first time. It’s every bit as evocative as on record, especially pared down to […]

Ólafur Arnalds…”I strive for collaborations”

February 4th, 2015 by

Once a drummer for the hardcore band Fighting Shit, Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds has become better known for his work in the ambient electronic field. With Irish dates coming up later this month, State spoke to him about his soundtrack work, reimagining classical music and having fun with techno music… Your latest release is the […]

Sharon Van Etten – La Maroquinere, Paris

December 3rd, 2014 by

Via a fast walk through relatively sketchy neighbourhood we find La Maroquinere on a crisp Parisienne evening. From the wonderful bar with its smoker-populated courtyard we descend in to the belly, to a small, dark, square, tiered room with a low ceiling supported by wide pillars. It’s an unusual space – a mini square amphitheatre […]

Iceland Airwaves 2014 – Sunday plus Off-Venue best-of

November 20th, 2014 by

The fifth day. The first four fly by and Sunday, as a safety net, catches you just when the chill of the come-down is cooling your blood. There is still music out there. Pockets of off-venue locations are still delivering. The city, which is usually closed up on Sunday, is wide open and after a […]

Iceland Airwaves 2014 – Saturday

November 19th, 2014 by

We were so not looking forward to Saturday purely for the FOMO-cert of all the clashing bands this evening and on our morning layabout in the local pool we still could not decide. Plenty of time before that to enjoy the city of Reykjavik itself. Our yearly visit to our favourite record shop, 12 Tónar […]

Iceland Airwaves 2014 – Friday

November 17th, 2014 by

No sooner have you gotten around to braving a small piece of minke whale than it’s suddenly Friday and you are desperately trying to hold on to some semblance of order on the carefully highlightered schedule you prepared on the plane. With some magnificent fish restaurants in Reykjavik it would be a shame to not […]

Iceland Airwaves 2014 – Thursday

November 13th, 2014 by

You can feel things pitch upwards as Thursday begins. Already there are more guitar cases and beanie caps in the hotel receptions of the city and less hiking boots and cruise-ship types on their all-inclusive Northern Lights tours. It’s a crime not to begin every day in a local outdoor pool and so starts the […]

Iceland Airwaves 2014 – Wednesday

November 8th, 2014 by

The colour scheme of Iceland is drab. Rain on arrival only casts even more drab over the barren land and tin houses as you make your way into Reykjavik city but we’re long enough at this trip up north to know that there is colour everywhere except the exterior in a part of Scandinavia that […]

Future Islands – Vicar St., Dublin

November 5th, 2014 by

A band chip away for years and finally make the breakthrough album, then, with a little help from five minutes of TV gold on Letterman, they are almost a household name. And as the band tour the rest of the world, Ireland has to wait its turn patiently (with State getting a sneak preview at […]

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – Dublin

October 20th, 2014 by

In the cabaret room of Dublin’s Sugar Club is Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, seemingly the hardest working musician in Ireland these days. You can hardly keep up with the bands he appears in and tours with, bringing the beguiling sounds of his custom made hardanger d’amore fiddle to a variety of musical approaches in what might […]

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Dublin

October 17th, 2014 by

Under a new world order Monday night gigs would be banished. In some countries where a mere witnessing of the band followed by polite applause is enough it would make no difference but over on our island it’s often the crowd who can be 49 or even 51% of a great gig. And we don’t […]