HamsandwicH – Apollo

October 30th, 2014 by


With a spring and summer behind them that saw an Olympia headliner, Arcade Fire support and an Electric Picnic slot which reduced us to tears of joy, HamsandwicH look forward to the release of album number three. The build up continues with the release of a new single, ‘Apollo’, of which State is delighted to […]

Carrie Rodriguez

October 30th, 2014 by


Who are you and where are you from? Carrie Rodriguez from Austin, Texas Who are your favorite artists from home? John Prine, Bill Frisell, Lucinda Williams, Calexico, Townes Van Zandt What’s it really like touring? Playing music every night in new places is always a joy…getting there, however, can be a challenge. Touring is: meeting […]

Spekulativ Fiktion X Deviant & Naive Ted – Slave Labour

October 30th, 2014 by


The latest release from the collective that has already given us God Knows + mynameisjOhn, trio Spekulativ Fiktion (pictured) X Deviant & Naive Ted have just released the Slave Labour EP through Unscene Music and Bandcamp. A darker affair than what we’ve heard so far, it’s yet another addition to the ever growing Irish hip-hop […]

State Faces of November gig this Saturday

October 29th, 2014 by

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We’re back in live action this weekend, with the final Faces show of the year. As befits what has been a fantastic series of gigs – not to mention our memorable Electric Picnic slot – the Mercantile is set to feature three outstanding new acts. The details are as follows: 9pm Florence Olivier 9.45pm Me […]

My Brightest Diamond

October 28th, 2014 by

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Who are you and where are you from? I am Shara Worden from My Brightest Diamond. I live in Detroit, Michigan. Who are your favorite artists from home? The band A.D.U.L.T., the jeweller Tiff Massey, the DJ Waajeed. What’s it really like touring? 23 hours of challenge. 1 hour of euphoric bliss. What’s your favourite […]

DVO Marvell – Before We Started

October 28th, 2014 by


Just one of the artists bringing a fresh and vibrant angle to the Irish hip-hop scene, DVO Marvell has just released a new six track EP, Before We Started. Featuring collaborators such as Naomi Ekada, Seun ‘Songz’Olatunji, Damola, Sam Ojo, Sean Thompson and The Buff, it’s an impressive statement of intent. Download it here and […]

B. Dolan

October 24th, 2014 by

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Who are you and where are you from? Starting with the heavy stuff right away, eh? I like it. I am B. Dolan. I’m from America. Who are your favorite artists from home? I live in a city called Providence, RI. It’s small by American standards but there’s an incredible density of great music coming […]

PolyGlove – Dialler

October 23rd, 2014 by


We’ve come across a number of sub-genres in electronic music but we have to admit that baroque house is a new one on us. That’s what Dublin duo PolyGlove term their mixture of richly harmonic textures, throbbing bass lines and syncopated drum patterns – all of which can be found on their debut Dialler EP. […]

Faces of November details

October 22nd, 2014 by

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Not content with five live shows in October (Guinness Amplify, Lingo Festival and Oxjam), we’re back at the Mercantile on November 1st for our penultimate Faces show of 2014. Joining us will be DVO Marvell, Me And My Dog (pictured) and Florence Olivier. As ever, it won’t cost you nothing but a good time. Get […]

Simone Felice

October 21st, 2014 by


Who are you and where are you from? Simone Felice, Palenville, Catskill Mountains, New York Who are your favorite artists from home? John Herald, Bob Dylan & The Band What’s it really like touring? It’s a weird gypsy reality, a time warp, a dream come true, a curse… What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play? Leap […]

The Antlers…”still the same band but just prettier”

October 21st, 2014 by


One of the most progressive bands of the last decade, The Antlers may have indeed reached a zenith with their mature and delicately composed fifth studio album Familiars, released last June. Currently embarking on a European tour, which includes a stop over in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, the band’s main musical orchestrator Darby Cicci took some […]

Oxjam Takeover shows details

October 17th, 2014 by


As you may remember, this year’s Electric Picnic saw State run the Saturday night for Oxjam – putting an eleven act bill together that included the likes of The Wonder Villains, Simi Crowns, Bitch Falcon, Hare Squead and Punch Face Champions. We’re doing it again this weekend, along with fellow EP curators Homebeat and Abner […]

State / Lingo hip-hop shows this weekend

October 15th, 2014 by

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Kicking off on Friday, the Lingo Festival is Ireland’s inaugural spoken word festival, featuring the likes of Polarbear, John Cummins, David Norris, TemperMental MissElayneous, The Brownbread Mixtape and much more. State is delighted to be involved and will be hosting three late night hip-hop shows at the Liquor Rooms. Entry is free but you do […]

Delorentos…”it’s still scary, but a little bit less than it was”

October 14th, 2014 by


October mornings rarely burn so bright but as State saunters into Tower Records, a tad bleary-eyed beneath magnificent sunlight, you appreciate the title of Delorentos‘ new record a little more. Night Becomes Light comes some eighteen months and change after the superb, critically-acclaimed, Choice Music Prize-winning Little Sparks. Their fourth album proper is an elegant […]