A Place To Bury Strangers

March 4th, 2015 by


Who are you and where are you from? I am Oliver Ackermann from A Place To Bury Strangers, and I am from Brooklyn, NY. Who are your favorite artists from home? My favorite artists from home are my bandmate Dion Lunadon and his crazy intense rock and roll recordings. The Dreebs which are so dynamic […]

Free Faces of March show this Saturday

March 4th, 2015 by


Saturday night sees the latest in our Faces live shows at the Mercantile, featuring a genre crossing selection of some of our favourite acts. The line-up and running order is as follows: 8.15pm The Dead Sets 9pm Benihana 9.45pm Old Hannah 10.30pm Kobina Benihana photographed for State’s Faces of 2015 by Olga Kuzmenko

All We Are

March 3rd, 2015 by


Who are you and where are you from? I’m Rich from All We Are and I’m from Cork Who are your favourite artists from home? I don’t know much about the scene in Ireland but I’m loving Girl Band and Tiz McNamara. What’s it really like touring? It’s the best thing ever. You get to […]

Hozier – Someone New

March 2nd, 2015 by

Hozier at The Olympia

While the State premiered ‘Take Me To Church’ continues to climb charts around the world, there’s a new single on the way from Hozier’s debut record. ‘Someone New’ was always one of the album’s brightest moments and now comes with an Anthony Byrne directed video starring Natalie Dormer (The Tudors, Game Of Thrones, The Hunger […]


March 1st, 2015 by

The Unthanks 2

A look back at the records that impressed the State reviewing team over the past few weeks: Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul (Lex Records) Impressive meeting of hip-hop minds (State review). Charli XCX – Sucker (Atlantic) Star in waiting becomes a star with substance (State review). Dutch Uncles – O Shudder (Memphis Industries) […]

Watch Myles O’Reilly’s ‘The Sound of a Country’ documentary

February 27th, 2015 by


Irish filmmaker and all-round decent sort Myles O’Reilly has just made his beautifully shot music documentary The Sound of a Country available online for free. Made without any inhibitions this stunning piece of film, set around Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill’s recent tour of India, sets out only to bring a story to those who […]

More names added to Belfast’s AVA festival

February 27th, 2015 by


Having already released the details for what is set to be an amazing electronic music event in the heart of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, AVA festival have today released the first wave of details of who will be speaking at the conference portion of the one-day event.  Adam Smith (Chemical Brothers AV Director/Video Director), DJ Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5), the Vice […]

Brit Awards 2015

February 26th, 2015 by


Well it wasn’t the finale expected. Up until a painful point in proceedings the most interesting thing to happen at the Brits 2015 was watching Kim Kardashian undulate to the stage and give top class selfie tips. It was a night where Ant and Dec nudged each other in the ribs, two Jimmy Tarbucks out […]


February 26th, 2015 by


Who are you and where are you from? Dominic from PEACE, from the British midlands. Who are your favourite artists from home? Led Zeppelin is my all-time favourite. They are from the midlands too. John Bonham’s grave is about 10 miles from my parents’ house. What’s it really like touring? We have always been a […]

Watch Sleater-Kinney live in Washington DC

February 25th, 2015 by


Easily one of our most anticipated gigs this spring, Sleater-Kinney play Dublin’s Vicar St on March 26th in support of their marvellous No Cities To Love record. The band are currently on tour in the US and, thanks to NPR, you can watch last night’s show at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC in its […]

Songhoy Blues

February 25th, 2015 by

Press Shot New

Most musicians probably think that they have to struggle for their art but, in the case of Malian quartet Songhoy Blues, sometimes it can become a matter of life and death. Members of the marginalised Songhoy tribe, Oumar Toure, Aliou Toure and Garba Toure (son of Oumar Toure, long term percussionist in Ali Farka Toure’s […]

Feder – ‘Goodbye’

February 25th, 2015 by

Feder- CREDIT Maximilien GROLIER

Known to his mother as Hadrien Federiconi, French producer Feder grew up in Nice before moving to Paris and quickly immersing himself in the deep-house scene, combining his own take on pop with what he heard around him. His first release was a remix of Rodriguez’s track ‘Sixto’, which quickly reached a peak of #3 […]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!

February 24th, 2015 by


Back in action since 2010, Godspeed! You Black Emperor return with a new album next month. Released on March 27th, Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress is the collective’s first single LP since the late ’90s, featuring a mere four tracks over forty minutes. The other big news is that they will play Dublin’s Vicar Street […]


February 24th, 2015 by


It should come as no surprise that Tucan’s five track State playlist covers many bases in a short space of time. Starting life as a guitar duo, the band expanded to achieve notoriety through acoustic covers of the likes of Daft Punk. Second album Towers, produced by God Is An Astronaut’s Torsten Kinsella, sees them […]