Win Bestival weekend passes

September 1st, 2014 by


Maybe you’re sad that you’ll be missing the likes of Outkast, Foals, Beck, Chic, Wild Beasts, London Grammar etc. this weekend because you didn’t get a ticket or couldn’t get off work. Or maybe you’re so excited you’ll want to do it all over again next weekend. Well your luck is in! State have teamed […]

State’s New Music Mixtape #21

September 1st, 2014 by


Moving to it’s new home of a Monday morning, the mixtape comes of age with another 15 slices of new music to kickstart your week. Lowell’s glorious pop anthem for equality leads the way, followed by the similarly smile inducing Brighton duo Bentcousin. From there on in we have an Irish language taste of what’s […]

Electric Picnic ’14 – State’s 20 To See

August 29th, 2014 by


This year’s Electric Picnic kicks off in a matter of hours so, as you make your final preparations, here’s our choice of just some of the names to check out over the weekend…. Alice Boman – 6.30pm, Body & Soul Stage, Friday Swedish pop but from the gossamer-delicate part of the spectrum, music that is […]

State’s Faces for Oxjam showtimes

August 28th, 2014 by

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The sun is shining (for the moment), the Electric Picnic is round the corner and all is right with the world. We at State are particularly looking forward to Saturday night, when we host the Oxjam tent – presenting a live version of our ongoing Faces series. Here are all the details: 5.30pm Voxx 6.25pm […]

Faces of the Week: Jelly Mouth

August 26th, 2014 by


Formed in January 2013 around the songwriter and vocalist Daniel O’Neill, Jelly Mouth are certainly an interesting addition to the Dublin scene. In the grand tradition of acts such as Sultans Of Ping FC, the Rubber Bandits and other great Irish eccentric, their songs catch the attention thanks to the unpredictability, comic and eccentric elements […]

It’s Miller Time

August 25th, 2014 by


Frank Miller was once like the old blues musicians whose work was shamelessly plundered by early rock bands but the last decade has seen him finally achieve public recognition in his own right. The comic book writer and artist has emerged as one of the biggest influences on modern comic book films and he remains […]

State Faces of September details

August 25th, 2014 by


Not content with hosting the Saturday night for Oxjam at the Electric Picnic, our regular monthly Faces night returns to the Mercantile on 6th September for another evening of quality new music. Our guests this time round are alternative guitar types Otherkin, Popical Island mainstay and now solo artist Paddy Hanna (pictured) and Rebecca Collins, […]

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 […]