We Raise Bears

December 18th, 2014 by

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Who are you and where are you from? We are We Raise Bears and we’re from Dublin Who are your favorite artists from home? Lots to choose from – we love Adrian Crowley, Villagers, Halves, 3epkano. We’re always stumbling across something new – the Booka Brass Band were great at Other Voices the other day. […]

State’s Albums of 2014

December 18th, 2014 by

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We began the year with Stephen Malkmus’ marvellous Wig Out At Jag Bags and ended it yesterday with the equally engaging Pinkprint from Nicki Minaj, along the way reviewing all the major (and many not so major) album releases of 2014. It’s time for the State writing team to offer their top fifty records of […]

Watch the Simi Crowns gig trailer

December 17th, 2014 by

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This weekend sees a gathering of the hip-hop tribes at the Opium Rooms, with three of the country’s most exciting artists playing the Opium Rooms over two days. God Knows + mynameisjOhn support Run The Jewels on Sunday night, while it’s an all homegrown affair on Saturday when Simi Crowns plays the venue, with support from […]

Full Midnight Mass details

December 16th, 2014 by

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This day weeks sees our annual State Midnight Mass at the Mercantile Venue on Dame Street, our final live event of the year. Entry is free but with ourselves and the acts donating their fees to the Marriage Equality campaign, we hope that you’ll find a few spare quid to throw into a passing bucket. […]

State’s Tracks of 2014

December 16th, 2014 by

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Continuing our review of the year, the State team have nominated their favourite fifty tracks of the past twelve months. From pop to hardcore, Ireland to Australia – it’s as mixed a bunch as we’ve come to expect. Dive into to our three and a half hour playlist, presented in no particular order, and revel […]

The Minutes – Supernatural

December 15th, 2014 by


2014 has been a good one for The Minutes, with the release of their second album Live Well, Change Often and yet more memorable live shows. There’s one more of the latter to come at the Workman’s Club on New Year’s Eve and the long player has also got more to give, in the shape […]

New ASIWYFA live video and photo exhibition

December 15th, 2014 by


Approaching their tenth anniversary and the release of album number four next year, there’s increased activity on the And So I Watch You From Afar front. Ahead a larger project in 2015, Thursday night sees a work in progress launch for No Parachute, a visual document from the band’s Rory Friers and tour manager Graham […]

State’s Films of 2014

December 15th, 2014 by

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For those who discuss film, it seems that conversations are slowly shifting from what you saw to what you will see, sometimes months or years down the line. The fanfare around unheard of comic-book titles being adapted and released when you’ll be very old, and hype of existing franchises getting a new title has become a […]

Gruff Rhys

December 12th, 2014 by


Not to over-egg the batter, but these days there is a distinct lack of creativity and imagination amongst those we expect great things from. Publicists, managers, gurus etc. all tend to work things to a specific agenda and in doing so have eliminated the need for their ‘subjects’ to think. Thankfully there is Gruff Rhys. […]

Mixtapes From The Underground

December 12th, 2014 by


Who are you and where are you from? We are Mixtapes From The Underground, A live hip hop collective from Dublin. Who are your favorite artists from home? Fellow emcees Lethal Dialect, Misselsyneous, Costello and GI. What’s it really like touring? We haven’t toured a whole lot as we’re all full time musicians but we’ve […]

Allyson Ezell – Beat This Drum

December 11th, 2014 by

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Quirky American-French pop songstress Allyson Ezell has kindly shared her new single ‘Beat This Drum’ with State.ie ahead of its release on January 19th.  Jazzy, percussive and stripped back to the core, ‘Beat This Drum’ is an ample indicator of Ezell’s talent for vocal arrangement and individualistic style.  Have a listen and you’ll see what […]

Adrian Crowley

December 9th, 2014 by


Who are you and where are you from? I am Adrian Crowley. I make music, among other things and I never really know what to say when someone asks me where I’m from. I could tell you where I was born and where I grew up and where I live now. If I did, the […]

Hillström and Billy – Keys In The Lake

December 8th, 2014 by


We’re on a bit of a lo-fi kick at the minute here at State and there is no more perfect an example than the latest single from Swedish indie-folk merchant Hillström and Billy.  ‘Keys In The Lake’ is a sweet, subtle mix of reverberated guitars, harmonica and optimistic melodies.  It’s beautifully stripped-back and extremely catchy and […]

We Cut Corners cover ‘Stop The Cavalry’

December 7th, 2014 by


They played it live at our Midnight Mass in 2010 but it’s taken a while for We Cut Corners to release their beautiful version of Jona Lewis’ ‘Stop The Calvary’. They’ve done so now, however, in aid of the annual First Fortnight festival and it was certainly worth the wait.