Black Rivers – New band from Doves’ Williams brothers

October 13th, 2014 by

First there was Jimi Goodwin‘s solo album for anyone with an empty gap in their lives where Doves used to be, and now we have a new group from the rest of Doves. Brothers Andy and Jez Williams are now working as Black Rivers. The first release, Voyager 1, is happily hewn from the DNA of the former […]


Roskilde Festival – Day 4

July 11th, 2014 by

Made it alive to day four. It gets harder and harder every year as we ignore our own ‘we should pace this’ advice, getting sucked into the irrepressibly positive mood of the festival and the late, late social options. We surprise ourselves by not just getting on site for 1pm, but actually being early enough […]


Roskilde Festival – Day 3

July 10th, 2014 by

Waking in your shell with yesterdays musical assault of goodness still ringing in your ears, it’s hard to believe you are only half way through this festival. ‘Blessed’ with a somewhat less hectic day we have the morning to enjoy the site itself. Ask yourself this, what other music festival in the world would have […]


Roskilde Festival – Day 2

July 7th, 2014 by

With the blazing good weather this festival gets more often than not, it’s a hot room we wake up in. However it’s nowhere near as hot as the thousands of tents must be from around 8am. To be dehydrated and waking up in an oven with the only respite outside being dust blowing around in the dry […]


Roskilde Festival – Day 1

July 5th, 2014 by

Same as it ever was, the now traditional drive from Copenhagen with photographer Jakob Bekker-Hansen is the usual exciting journey, music a little too loud, driving a little too fast, to get on site once again for State’s eighth Roskilde. A few things have changed when we arrive, mainly the loss of two band tents to […]


Arcade Fire, Pixies, Ham Sandwich – Dublin

July 2nd, 2014 by

A day handed down by a benevolent Mother Nature, the sort of day that people mow fields just to sit with a beer in. A bump-into-everyone-you-know day, clear skies, a Sunday that could be a Saturday. And then there was the music. Despite being still burdened with the name of a match-day snack served from […]


State’s New Music Mixtape # 18 – Brazil special

June 17th, 2014 by

There lives in São Paulo an Irishman called David McLoughlin who has been working in the music industry there for 20 years, helping to bring Brazilian acts to an international audience through Brasil Music Exchange. With World Cup excitement pinging around we asked David to put together a mixtape for us of his favourite current Brazilian […]


Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

June 10th, 2014 by

Slowly, like an ink drop in water, it seems Sharon Van Etten has been growing and circling around us. From early plaintive albums Epic and Because I Was In Love she’s brought us songs of loss and trust and loss of trust, stripped back to bare bones. Her country intonations so warm, they were accompanied […]




Drop Everything festival for Aran Islands, 23-25 May

April 30th, 2014 by

Another festival is confirmed for this year with the successful FundIt campaign for Drop Everything, taking place on Inis Oírr, the Aran Islands, Co. Galway. Described as a free contemporary cultural biennial, it’s an immersive weekend of music, talks, cocktails based on local produce – even pop-up observatories. And dancing ’till very late/early no doubt. Organised by […]


An Taobh Tuathail – Special 15th birthday show, 1 May

April 30th, 2014 by

Alternative radio shows in Ireland should be allowed to count in dog years because for a show as alternative as An Taobh Tuathail to have made it to 15 human years is indeed a cause for celebration. While we should really have a parade in every town in the land, we will make do with […]


Daithi – Button Factory, Dublin

April 25th, 2014 by

A late-night Saturday gig by Ireland’s intelligent pop hero is the perfect thing to land in the middle of an Easter weekend. With the streets of Dublin almost deserted since Friday lunchtime, though, it’s a slow filling Button Factory as midnight strikes. We last saw Daithi tear the roof off Dolly bar in Reykavik in […]


White Lies – The Ambassador, Dublin – in photos

March 18th, 2014 by

Supported on the night by Funeral Suits and Darling (who slipped in a meaty version of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Sound of Silence’), White Lies returned to Ireland, and to the Ambassador of all places. The theatre was re-opened for the first time in many a year by the good folks at Jameson for their now-annual […]