Incoming – Simone Felice

October 21st, 2014 by


Who are you and where are you from? Simone Felice, Palenville, Catskill Mountains, New York Who are your favorite artists from home? John Herald, Bob Dylan & The Band What’s it really like touring? It’s a weird gypsy reality, a time warp, a dream come true, a curse… What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play? Leap […]

The Antlers…”still the same band but just prettier”

October 21st, 2014 by


One of the most progressive bands of the last decade, The Antlers may have indeed reached a zenith with their mature and delicately composed fifth studio album Familiars, released last June. Currently embarking on a European tour, which includes a stop over in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, the band’s main musical orchestrator Darby Cicci took some […]

Oxjam Takeover shows details

October 17th, 2014 by


As you may remember, this year’s Electric Picnic saw State run the Saturday night for Oxjam – putting an eleven act bill together that included the likes of The Wonder Villains, Simi Crowns, Bitch Falcon, Hare Squead and Punch Face Champions. We’re doing it again this weekend, along with fellow EP curators Homebeat and Abner […]

State / Lingo hip-hop shows this weekend

October 15th, 2014 by

Simi Crowns

Kicking off on Friday, the Lingo Festival is Ireland’s inaugural spoken word festival, featuring the likes of Polarbear, John Cummins, David Norris, TemperMental MissElayneous, The Brownbread Mixtape and much more. State is delighted to be involved and will be hosting three late night hip-hop shows at the Liquor Rooms. Entry is free but you do […]

Delorentos…”it’s still scary, but a little bit less than it was”

October 14th, 2014 by


October mornings rarely burn so bright but as State saunters into Tower Records, a tad bleary-eyed beneath magnificent sunlight, you appreciate the title of Delorentos‘ new record a little more. Night Becomes Light comes some eighteen months and change after the superb, critically-acclaimed, Choice Music Prize-winning Little Sparks. Their fourth album proper is an elegant […]

The Hold Steady…”it’s a celebration”

October 13th, 2014 by


This year saw the release of Teeth Dreams, the excellent, return-to-form sixth album from Brooklyn rockers The Hold Steady. After an extended four-year break since the release of the band’s last album Heaven Is Whenever, Teeth Dreams is the sound of a band revitalized and ready to take on the world again. In advance of […]

Carol Keogh – Mongrel City

October 10th, 2014 by


Once the voice of The Plague Monkeys and Tycho Brahe, Carol Keogh’s debut solo album may have been a while coming but it’s certainly worth the wait. Recorded with her band The City Fathers and financed through Fund It, Mongrel City is a beautiful work that State is proud to stream exclusively ahead of its […]

HWCH ’14 – Day Three

October 10th, 2014 by

Hare Squead - HWCH14

Having moved from a Friday to Sunday model to a Thursday start a few years back, HWCH has the benefit of not staging its final night before an early morning and, as such, Saturday has an energy and buzz about it. State is keen to make the most of it and, as anyone who has […]

Hilary Woods…”your bones always know, right?”

October 10th, 2014 by

Hilary Woods promo pic

In early 2013 Hilary Woods, who since leaving JJ72 had been busy with other things, returned with a solo album under the nom de plume The River Cry. Few were expecting her return, it’s fair to say, and there were no preconceptions, and to come upon a fully formed set of songs as deft, warm, […]

Listen to Le Galaxie’s Carmen

October 10th, 2014 by


Launched last night at an Absolut sponsored show in Dublin, Le Galaxie’s ‘Carmen’ single (featuring guest vocals from MayKay) is online now. Give it a spin below.

Listen to Rocstrong’s Limits

October 9th, 2014 by


Having marked our card with the electro rock of his debut single ‘Go’Head’, Rocstrong has thrown a pleasant curve ball with follow up ‘Limits. A brass driven, African tinged tune it suggests that Andre Bangala is going to come into his own in 2015. Download it from tomorrow and see him live at our Oxjam […]

Sage Francis – “they’ll always have a twerpy soul”

October 9th, 2014 by


Best known for his intelligent, poetic approach to hip-hop, Sage Francis is also the founder of independent record label Strange Famous and even Scroobius Pip has cited him as one of his main sources of inspiration. After taking a four year hiatus from touring he is set to embark on a massive world tour that […]

Incoming – Band of Skulls

October 8th, 2014 by


Who are you and where are you from? I’m Matt from Band of Skulls, we’re from Southampton. We all grew up in this town. Myself and Russell were friends as kids and got involved in music to stay out of trouble… Emma came along then and we became a band! What’s it really like touring? […]

Incoming – The Subways

October 7th, 2014 by


Who are you and where are you from? I am Billy and I am from Hertfordshire in England. I sing and play guitars in a band called The Subways! Who are your favourite artists from home? Sex Pistols, Oasis, The Wombats, T-Rex, and Future of the Left! What’s it really like touring? It’s the greatest […]