Looking Svelte – Gelatine

February 21st, 2017 by

Polymath and former State.ie Faces alumni Ryan Burrowes (Robocobra Quartet / Abandcalledboy) has just released a new EP under the guise of Looking Svelte. A beautiful hybrid of woozy depths and eclectic highs, this experimental and colourful nugget is a welcome balm to the slate-gray end of Winter. You can have a listen – and […]

Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds Live

February 21st, 2017 by

Living legend and birthday cake aficionado Brian Wilson will be performing the Beach Boys’ opus Pet Sounds live, in sequence and in its entirety in Dublin’s Bord Gais Theatre for what may be the last time on July 25th. As far as classic albums go this one is a legitimate contender on the mantle of […]

Watch Bitch Falcon’s New Video Here

February 21st, 2017 by

Hands up who loves Bitch Falcon? Good, this one’s for you…. Their new video for ‘Clutch’ is produced and directed by Allyn Quigly from Spice Burger we agree that this is as close to seeing the band live as you can get without leaving your seat. Truly amazing stuff.

Choice Music Prize Shortlist Announced

January 11th, 2017 by

If anybody ever asks you to explain the Irish music scene in three words you could do much worse than use ‘Choice’, ‘Music’ and ‘Prize. Preferably in that order. Leaving the winners aside for now, the extensive list of nominees is possibly the best snapshot of how diverse the musical landscape here has been since […]

Cast’s John Power..”I get that, the whole nostalgia thing”

December 8th, 2016 by

Ahead of a string of Irish dates before Christmas, John Power of legendary Liverpool indie-rock outfit Cast chats to State’s Steven Dunne about refreshing the band, recording the new album, and how Britpop was much bigger than the sum of its parts. Cast have been back since 2010, how have the last six years changed […]

Super Furry Animals — The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

December 6th, 2016 by

If you are a Super Furry Animals fan and were present in the Olympia tonight what you just saw was two albums’ worth of weird, visceral, beautiful SFA madness, standard enough. What struck that elusive, most resonant psychedelic chord was that the majority of tonight’s highlights come in the form of songs rarely ever played […]

Glass Animals – The Olympia, Dublin

November 2nd, 2016 by

Seemingly graduating through small to mid-sized venues via festival circuits Glass Animals appear at ease on-stage in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre tonight. The Oxford 4-piece whose second album has only just arrived in August of this year have a confident and obviously talent-rich collective presence so their much anticipated return to Ireland heralds their second wave […]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor — Vicar Street, Dublin

August 26th, 2016 by

While the hum from the stage widens into disparate but slightly threatening constituent parts, Godspeed You! Black Emperor assemble in front of a nearly-packed Vicar Street and a mesmerising display of analogous projector images. Eight or nine songs later there is a palpable sense of disarray coming from some of the crowd; presumably it is […]

White Denim’s James Petralli

August 25th, 2016 by

As the main man in Texan fusion rockers White Denim, James Petralli carries quite a lot of pressure on his denim-clad shoulders. Main songwriter, front man and generally the stitching on the garment, Petralli’s naturally affable nature shines through; even in the face of ostensibly relentless obstacles. It very clearly hasn’t always been easy, nor […]

Twin Atlantic Announce Academy Show

July 15th, 2016 by

Glasgow upstarts Twin Atlantic will be playing in Dublin’s Academy this December to help promote their anticipated debut album GLA; released on September 9th. The video for their new single ‘Get No Sleep’ is well worth a look too.  

Cate Le Bon Coming to The Workman’s Club

July 15th, 2016 by

With her excellently titled album Crab Day making serious waves, Cate Le Bon has announced that she will be coming to Dublin’s Workmans Club on October 20th. Tickets are priced at €18.50 and are on sale now from usual outlets.  

Disclosure – RHK, Dublin

July 3rd, 2016 by

The Irish weather doesn’t care who you are or what you are doing, it just wants you to know it’s there. Thirty minutes before Guy and Howard Lawrence take to the stage tonight the heavens open, proving once again that “muddy” isn’t nearly muddy enough. Anyway, Disclosure are here to bring their pop-infused future house […]

Sigur Ros & James Vincent McMorrow – Royal Hospital, Kilmainham

June 27th, 2016 by

The evolution of James Vincent McMorrow continues at pace, two albums in and one about to drop he appears, and sounds, to have hit a new creative purple patch. The JVM of Early in the Morning, the troubadour incarnation, was slightly folksy before we saw him branching out into more expansive territory with the more […]