RHCP, Danny Brown, Calvin Harris and more

June 19th, 2016 by

Taylor Swift allegedly ended her Instagram-perfect relationship with Calvin Harris over the phone. The timing of their demise neatly coincides with the release of his latest collaboration with Rihanna, ‘This Is What You Came For.’ Taylor has swiftly (ahem) moved on with Tom Hiddleston, aka Hollywood Hank Williams, and her nonchalant parading and kissing the […]

Mystery Jets, Beach Stav, Wall and more

June 12th, 2016 by

A shortened week, a heavy mugginess to the air and a wash of torrential rain can leave you feeling a little lethargic, desperately in need of the couch and a movie. Once again, I am flummoxed to see an immediate recurring theme in aesthetics throughout some of the videos released during the week. Cinema is […]

Forbidden Fruit, Sunday – Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

June 11th, 2016 by

I’ve had many memorable days centred around music. I have been fortunate enough to see some of my favourite bands and artists play in some incredible and historic venues, at both intimate and stadium-packed capacity. My most treasured concert-going highlights have included, but are not exclusive to, She & Him at The Ryman Auditorium, glimpses […]

The Kills – Ash & Ice

June 8th, 2016 by

A lot has happened in the five year interim between The Kills’ spectacular 2011 album, Blood Pressures and their latest release, Ash & Ice. Alison Mosshart returned to record and briefly tour Dodge and Burn, the third album from The Dead Weather, the supergroup side-project she shares with Jack White, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence. She also held […]

Beck, PJ Harvey, The Avalanches and more

June 5th, 2016 by

The sun finally came out for a solid showering of golden haze across the country, this week. The summer’s inauguration marked by hot weather always brings a welcome distraction from the norm, whether you’re chained to your desk studying for state exams (often credited for encouraging the good weather), acting as though every night is […]

Bat For Lashes, Adele, Ty Segall and more

May 28th, 2016 by

I was a little startled to observe that this marks the fourth instalment of State’s Videos of the Week. Time flies when you wade through a week’s worth of brand new music videos, which can vary from the strange to the sublime. I became conscious of the fast growing infancy of this series when I […]

No Monster Club, The Last Shadow Puppets, Anderson and more

May 21st, 2016 by

This week was the most exciting for new music videos that we’ve been #blessed with since the start of 2016, particularly on the home front. In fact, so abundant was the calibre of new releases from Irish bands and artists this week that I was going to feature domestic artists exclusively. Alas, The Last Shadow […]

Star Parks – Don’t Dwell

May 17th, 2016 by

Star Parks may not be on the tip of your tongue or at the top of your latest playlist, but they will be. What began as a side-project devised by Texan, Andy Bianculli, has flourished into a fine marriage of musicians with no inhibitions, running free and having fun in a playground of instrumental and […]

HamsandwicH – The Academy, Dublin

May 16th, 2016 by

The second leg of HamsandwicH’s stand at the Dublin venue where they perhaps came of age as a headline act can only be described as a night of televisual imagery and action. It’s an evening that brings you back to the ’80s, then to 2011/2012 and at one stage, makes a brief pitstop at the present day. […]

Grimes, Metronomy, Pet Shop Boys and more

May 14th, 2016 by

It was a week of extremes in both the sounds and the aesthetics presented to us in the latest music video releases. We were graced with new music from, lets face it, the bands and artists that have come to be synonymous with soundtracking the summer and coveting the headlining performances at all of the […]

Hot Cops – Bello Bar, Dublin

May 14th, 2016 by

It’s the kind of gig that when the band finish the crowd look around seeking faces to exchange elated glances, impressed by the performance that has been enjoyed from start to finish.  Then, as you leave the venue inexhaustible with energy and despite the almost impairing buzz in your ears from the band’s ferocity, you plug […]

Hot Cops set for Bello Bar show on Friday

May 10th, 2016 by

Hot Cops, an exuberant trio from Belfast, instantly transport you to the moment when you fell in love with music. Having developed a sound and style that is incredibly mature at this early stage in their trajectory, their songs stand strong amongst their influences, Pavement and Deerhunter. They released their addictive 7” single, ’Passive Passive […]

Radiohead, Lord Huron, Chris Cohen and more

May 7th, 2016 by

It was the week that erupted with the return of Radiohead. After a five year absence that was met with collective exclamations of approval from fans and music writers, alike. Without intent this week’s selection of new music videos is unified by time, its passing and the importance of that interim which provides reflection and […]

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity

May 6th, 2016 by

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – their name alone encourages a smile. Say it with an Australian affectation and that gesture is met with an approving nasal exhale of appreciation of the septet’s magical fun. An appreciation that deepens with each listen to their constantly evolving and prolific discography, which has expanded to eight titles […]