Coldcut..”Activism will remain at the forefront”

August 22nd, 2017 by

Matt Black is taking a rare moment to enjoy the fruits of his efforts. All the projects that he was “just not finishing” in recent years have come together at the same time. “As of today I’m feeling like I’ve successfully given birth after a long gestation.” But there’s plenty of work still to be […]


Paranoid Visions..”We didn’t want it to have a sell by date”

August 21st, 2017 by

Paranoid Visions formed in ‘81. Heavily influenced by bands like CRASS and the DIY ethic/music of the Anarcho Punk movement, they caught the second wave in the early eighties. For that first decade they were synonymous with punk in Ireland, playing shows both at home and across the UK – often with bands that inspired […]


Tebi Rex x Elkin – She Hated Love Songs II

August 21st, 2017 by

The last in this year’s run of fine singles from our Faces of 2017 Tebi Rex, ‘She Hated Love Songs II’ is perhaps the duo’s most complete release yet, combining sweet pop melodies (courtesy of Elkin) and a hookier than hooky rap chorus. The video’s something special too, featuring Taylor Swift amongst others.


Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011

August 18th, 2017 by

Author: Lizzy Goodman Publisher: Faber & Faber RRP: €22.99 When LCD Soundsystem wind-up three furiously over-subscribed comeback shows in Dublin’s Olympia theatre at the end of September, a nearby venue will stage an “I Didn’t Get a Ticket Party”. Six and half years on from James Murphy’s spectacular mic drop in Madison Square Garden, even […]


Dekmantel 2017

August 15th, 2017 by

Walking onto the wrong travelator at Schiphol and booking accommodation without realising it was in the Red Light District notwithstanding, my experience at this year’s Dekmantel festival in Amsterdam was marked by its smoothness. Short queues, barely noticeable security, an easily navigable site unburdened by sound bleeding from one stage to the next, the fifth […]



Wyvern Lingo….”we definitely don’t have the answers”

August 9th, 2017 by

The difference between art, and the ever so elusive “ART”, is the ability to orchestrate one’s composure as they traverse that fine line between creating something for the self, as well as the masses. It should, or perhaps need to, strike that balance between crafting a personal narrative that can also be directly reflected into […]


The State Film Forecast: August 2017

August 4th, 2017 by

Did you know that the ‘Dog Days’ of summer are so-called because they mark the return of the brightest star in the night sky, a Canis Majorus, colloquially called ‘Sirius’ or the ‘Dog Star’? Well, now you do. We’re well into the Dog Days now; a period commonly thought to be the hottest, sultriest time […]


Colours of Ostrava 2017

August 4th, 2017 by

If we knew the world was about to end, there’d be a hell of a party, right? Nothing would matter anymore: we’d blast our music, spend time with our loved ones, and drink whatever was left in the cabinet ‘for a special occasion’. Then we’d do ‘that thing we love’ one more time, and rampage […]


Help Musicians launch new Northern Ireland funding initiative

August 3rd, 2017 by

Help Musicians, the leading independent UK music charity, has increased its investment in Northern Irish musicians’ careers as the charity launches its new Help Musicians Develop funding scheme. The Fusion Fund, commencing in NI, and the UK-wide Transmission Fund will offer NI-based musicians the opportunity to gain funding and assistance in career development, cross disciplinary, collaborative, and research and development projects. The funds will see a £270,000 investment […]



SunflowerFest 2017

July 26th, 2017 by

One of Ireland’s finest local arts and music festivals returns to the enchanting, rural surroundings of Tubby’s Farm this weekend in the form of SunflowerFest 2017. There are few concepts in Ireland that can match the Sunflower gang for diversity. The blend of comedy, music, art, poetry and all round family fun results in a strange […]


Talos – Colliding

July 24th, 2017 by

Having impressed us greatly with their live show already this summer, Talos return to the business of promoting debut album Wild Alee with a new single from the record. ‘Colliding’ comes with a suitably epic video, directed by Brendan Canty and shot in the Burren on the west coast.