The Anchoress

November 27th, 2014 by

The Anchoress

In the vein of such State favourites as Anna Calvi, PJ Harvey and St. Vincent, this is Welsh multi-instrumentalist Catherine Anne Davies. The accolades and critical fawning over her debut single, not to mention the fact that it sold out in 24 hours, is enough to generate interest; but listening to the tracks will guarantee […]


November 27th, 2014 by

Versive Promo Shot

Who are you and where are you from? My name is Kelan O’Reilly, I’m from Dublin, Ireland, and I sing in Versive. Who are your favorite artists from home? Would have to say my current favourite Irish act are Only Rivals. I’ve known the guys for years and their songs never fail to impress. They […]

Lake Malawi – Chinese Trees

November 26th, 2014 by


Rising from the ashes of Charlie Straight, former frontman Albert Cerny has returned to the kind of sweetly tinged indie-pop melodies that are designed to brighten up these most dreary of Winter days, this time in the form of his new band Lake Malawi.  New track ‘Chinese Trees’ is jangly, bright and really quite catchy. […]


November 25th, 2014 by


Enveloped in the kind of ambient, textured sound we’ve come to expect from James Blake, this is Portico – having ditched the Quartet suffix – and their new track ‘Bright Luck’. And what it does is leave you in no doubt as to just how talented this jazz-inspired electronic three-piece are. Featuring vocals from Jono […]

Midnight Mass for Marriage Equality

November 24th, 2014 by

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After an amazing year for State live shows (even if we do say so ourselves), 2014 comes to an end with our annual Midnight Mass at the Mercantile. This year it’s a fundraiser for Marriage Equality ahead of next year’s all important referendum. The bill features Nanu Nanu, Planet Parade, slow skies, Aoife Underwater and […]

Mos Def – Black on Both Sides (revisited)

November 21st, 2014 by


To commemorate the 15th anniversary of his seminal Black on Both Sides album, Mos Def comes to Dublin for an extremely rare performance on Monday night. The chance to see one of hip-hop’s most notable visionaries live is one which may not come up again for some time so to celebrate, takes a look […]

Thom Brookes – Boomerang

November 19th, 2014 by


Taking his time since the release of debut EP Milk in 2013, Thom Brookes returns with another beautifully mournful collection next week. Boomerang features four tracks once more recorded at his Kerry home. A debut album and live dates will follow in 2015.

Could This Be Ireland’s Farewell to Morrissey?

November 18th, 2014 by


As Morrissey’s return to Dublin gets closer, and you’ll surely be made aware of this by the growing number of quiffs on your daily commute, so too do the rumours that this will be his swan song as far as live performances go – at least in Ireland, by some way of countenance anyway. But […]


November 17th, 2014 by


Hailing from Vancouver, apostrophic (Colin O’Hearn by day), is creating the kind of dreamy, ambient soundscapes that one might attribute to living in a location as naturally beautiful as British Columbia.  O’Hearn’s mantra is a straightforward one: employing a mixture of hardware and software, the creative end is to make music that unfolds like a film or […]

Los Campesinos! – When Christmas Comes

November 17th, 2014 by


Getting us well into the festive spirit, Los Campesinos! have shared ‘When Christmas Comes’, the lead single from their upcoming Christmas EP  ‘A Los Campesinos! Christmas’, released on December 8th.  Picture an open fire, twinkling tree lights and the scent of mulled wine wafting in from the kitchen, all while getting into the true spirit of […]

Ballet School

November 17th, 2014 by


Who are you and where are you from? I’m Rosie from Ballet School. I was born in Belfast, raised in Antrim Who are your favorite artists from home? My fave Irish artist of all time is Sinead O’Connor. I send her psychic protection all the time. If you need proof of her genius listen to […]

Lily & Madeleine

November 13th, 2014 by


Who are you and where are you from? We’re Lily & Madeleine, sisters and musicians from Indianapolis, Indiana. Who are your favorite artists from home? M: We really love the music of our friend Ryan of the band Son Lux. He just released a new album/soundtrack and it’s so beautiful. Lily: Also, there’s a band […]

The Unthanks – Mount The Air

November 11th, 2014 by


The title track from their forthcoming album, ‘Mount The Air’ finds the Unthanks’ sound expanding once again – keeping an element of their folk roots but throwing in brass, a bit of jazz and, dare we say, even a little bit of pop. The track is released on December 5th, with the LP to follow […]

Sau Poler

November 11th, 2014 by


It’s not often that an artist whose sound has been shaped and inspired by heavyweights like Apex Twin, Boards of Canada and Bonobo, is able to stand out on their own and create music that does much more than reiterate past influences.  Enter Sau Poler.  This intriguing young man from a small town outside of Barcelona […]