State’s New Music Mixtape #20

August 22nd, 2014 by


There’s noise a plenty on this week’s mixtape, from Athens based duo Cancers (pictured) through to Perfect Pussy’s Sugarcubes cover and new music from Mazes. There’s also album tasters from Caribou, The Twilight Sad and Peaking Lights, the dark folk of Little May, a very different version of Black Flag’s ‘Breakdown On The Beach’, something […]

Getting Heard…can Irish music reach the masses?

August 22nd, 2014 by


The Irish music scene is in particularly rude health at the moment. As a reader, you’ll most probably have noticed – being that we bring you a monthly live triple bill at’s Faces series, plus twenty fine new acts every January and another new Face each and every week. Of course, we’re not […]

Faces Of The Week: Otherkin

August 20th, 2014 by


Making swift headway in their short time together, Otherkin began the year at Whelans Ones To Watch and have kept the momentum going ever since. Their smart alternative guitar music has garnered them some key radio play and they’ve become a regular fixture on the festival circuit – including a slot at State’s Faces for […]

State New Music Mixtape #19

August 15th, 2014 by


Head into the weekend with the fifteen new tracks floating our musical boat – including a Warpaint disco makeover, the superb new single from alt-j, Paws covering Le Tigre, Elaine Mai and Reid remixing Youth Mass and Sleep Thieves, the Electric Picnic bound Phox, the return of Kill City Defectors and more.

Faces of the Week: Voxx

August 14th, 2014 by


Trying to gauge the sound of Voxx’s music from their list of influences (The Spiders from Mars’ space boots, Michael Hutchence’s hair, Joe Strummer’s bolo tie Bryan Ferry’s smoking jacket) is a fun game but Dublin quintet are more than just a list of cool cultural reference points. Dark rock ‘n’ roll is certainly on […]

State / Oxjam Electric Picnic line-up

August 13th, 2014 by

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An annual fixture at the Electric Picnic, this year ourselves, HomeBeat and Abner Browns Barbershop have been asked to curate a night each for the Oxjam Music Festival stage. Needless to say we were delighted to oblige and have assembled a number of our favourite bands to play from Saturday evening through to the small […]

Too Good To Be Forgotten

August 13th, 2014 by


As you’ll no doubt know, we like to look forward here at State – making our mission to bring you the best of new Irish music. Sometimes, however, we are fond of reminiscing and so have decided to canvass our team of writers as to the home grown acts that they once loved but who […]

Faces of August live report and photo gallery

August 12th, 2014 by

Bitch Falcon

We’ve hosted a range of bands at our Faces nights this year, but it’s safe to say that August’s event is our loudest yet. We start in a mellow mood, however, with Yong Buddha in his solo acoustic guise. A naturally charming performer, he draws the room to him but we’d still like to hear […]

State intervention #12 – The Riptide Movement

August 11th, 2014 by


On a sun-dappled weekday morning, The Riptide Movement tucked themselves into Danielle and Simon’s small garden in Dublin 6 and in this most intimate of settings recorded ‘Skin and Bones’ and ‘You and I’ for us, all filmed for State by Andrew Jordan.

State’s New Music Mixtape #18

August 7th, 2014 by


After a small summer break (everyone needs a holiday) the mixtape is back with another batch of new tunes for your consideration. Highlights include the still beautifully anguished voice of J Mascis, proof that DFA didn’t run out of excellent records to release when LCD Soundsystem split, Faces of 2014 Go Wolf, a mighty new […]

Indiependence ’14 – What State Saw

August 7th, 2014 by


From small acorns grow mighty oaks and the Indiependence Music & Arts Festival now stands tall on the Irish landscape, a winning combination of international and domestic names. State travelled to Mitchelstown last weekend to get our fill… Big September – Main Stage, Sunday A group of lads, slowly grafting their way into our ears […]

Faces of the Week: Bitch Falcon

August 7th, 2014 by

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Formed when Fia Kavanagh and Lizzie Fitzpatrick started playing music what they wanted to hear, dance and scream to, Bitch Falcon became fully formed when the pair where joined by drummer Nigel Kenny and bassist Naomi Macleod. Riffing harder and heavier than most, this is rock at its scuzziest and all the better for it. […]

Win Johnny Marr Leopardstown tickets

August 5th, 2014 by

Johnny Marr

With a second album Playland due in October, it seems that Johnny Marr is firmly ensconced in the world of the solo artist. You’ll probably get a taste of what to expect when he plays the next Bulmers Live at Leopardstown show this Thursday night. We have a pair of tickets up for grabs, to […]