Grandaddy, Cian Nugent, Preoccupations & More

December 4th, 2016 by

The festive season is upon us, officially. Everywhere we look there’s sequined everything; leggings, dresses, jackets, jumpsuits. Christmas jumpers are more elaborately engineered, you’re a Scrooge unless the Rudolph on your tummy lights up the pub. Ah, the pub during the Christmas season. You spend October wistfully imagining the cosy surroundings of your favourite old […]

Hinds – Academy 2, Dublin

December 2nd, 2016 by

Before they had even released their debut album at the beginning of this year, Hinds put out an LP entitled Very Best of Hinds so Far, in 2015. I believe there is a phrase for this kind of behaviour; putting the cart before the horse, or this instance, female deer. (See translation of Hinds to […]

Childish Gambino, Jean-Michel Jarre, deadmau5 & More

December 2nd, 2016 by

It’s that time again. It’s the most wonderful time of the week. It’s beginning to look a lot like… Release Day! Once again, there is a feast of new albums being brought to our metaphorical musical buffet. The Rolling Stones and Pete Doherty’s latest albums will be considered by State’s esteemed writers in the coming […]

Kate Bush, Cass McCombs, Big Thief & More

November 27th, 2016 by

It has been a year that repeatedly thrust people into mourning with the passing of music’s most influential figures such as David Bowie, Prince, Lemmy and Leonard Cohen. Once these artists made their unexpected departures, the collective feeling of loss for these innovators seemed palpable; perhaps some people felt that their appreciation could have been greater […]

Funeral Suits, Martha Wainwright, Young Legionnaire & More

November 25th, 2016 by

Some guy called Abel, affectionately known as The Weeknd and an iconically talented lass named Kate Bush released albums today which will be dissected by the equally affectionate and iconically talented writers at State over the next few days. In the meantime, here are some other albums shared today that you should spin over the […]

Hot Cops, The Notas, BADBADNOTGOOD & More

November 20th, 2016 by

I used to really despise Dublin. Loathed it. I think it stemmed from not enjoying college which seemed alien, overwhelmingly large and full of exclusive groups and pressures to do certain things like go to Coppers on a Tuesday. Looking back on that time I realise that the angsty-irrational passively dismissive judgement phase was slightly […]

Meltybrains?, Title Tracks, DIANA & More

November 18th, 2016 by

It’s been another week of new music being released in abundance. The views of our writers on the latest offerings from Justice, Metallica, and more will be shared on State in the coming days. In the meantime, here are some other albums put forth today that you should spin over the weekend. Ray Toro – Remember […]

Weyes Blood, Nick Cave, Thieves Like Us & More

November 13th, 2016 by

Instead of dissecting the dreariness of the week that was, let’s leave this week on a reflective note. Here’s Leonard Cohen’s ‘A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes’, because he’s certainly a golden hero wherever he in now. A bunch of lonesome and very quarrelsome heroes were smoking out along the open road; the night was very […]

Animals As Leaders, The Rolling Stones, Enigma & More

November 11th, 2016 by

Over the next few days, we’ll have the verdicts on long awaited new material from Simian Mobile Disco, Luke Temple, and Papa M from our trusted State writers. However, these are not the only bands and artists unleashing new albums into the world today. Here’s a rundown of some other new albums for your consideration […]

RIP, Leonard

November 11th, 2016 by

I resisted your music when I was fifteen, or maybe a little more, because I attributed it to being old. Back then, to be old was to be boring. Strangely, I’m grateful for this foolish youth induced naivety. I knew your songs and words would be there waiting to be explored when I would eventually […]

Metropolis – Friday – RDS, Dublin

November 10th, 2016 by

After the initial ten minutes wandering around Mother City trying to gather one’s bearings with the maze that is the RDS, in the Main Hall White Collar Boy warms up the late afternoon audience. The duo are joined by vocalist Sean Reilly, who will feature on the Dublin duo’s forthcoming album. It’s really quite unfortunate that […]

Kool AD, Julia Jacklin, Atmosphere & More

November 6th, 2016 by

“Am I good enough?” There’s a part in Martin Scorsese’s short film Life Lessons, when Rosanna Arquette’s character (a young painter, struggling to establish her career in New York) asks Nick Nolte (a revered artist who is obsessed with Arquette’s character) if he thinks whether or not she is any good at painting and if he […]

The Shins, Blood Orange, Wilco & more

October 30th, 2016 by

Growing up and still to this day, Halloween is my favourite time of the year. I equate my fondness for the day with a collection of my most vivid and immediate memories that happened on or around celebrating Halloween. For example, there was a particular supermarket (now, under new ownership) that instantly reminds me of […]

Cate Le Bon – The Workman’s, Dublin

October 24th, 2016 by

There are some innovative musicians that create albums that are so unassumingly intricate and unusual that you worry about how the recorded version will translate as a live show. The songs become so familiar to your ear that it seems almost impossible to envisage them being easily recreated, especially in a scenario of unpredictability. I […]