State @ SXSW 2009 – Day 3

March 21st, 2009 by

Today was all about heavy-hitting sets from folk-rooted artists like Grizzly Bear, The Low Anthem, Lisa Hannigan and Dent May but the Irish also made an impression at the Breakfast Showcase on 6th Street. The aforementioned Lisa Hannigan charms everyone in the room lost in song, her delicate voice filling the room on her first […]

State @ SXSW 2009 – Day 2

March 20th, 2009 by

Day two was definitely more of a mixed bag than our inaugaural day in Texas which was perhaps down to the combination of our SXSW inexperience and some scheduling / capacity issues. Even an average day at South By is better than an average festival day however. It starts at the Gorilla Vs Bear Party, […]

My Roots Are Showing – Orange Juice

March 20th, 2009 by

When I first heard them something stirred within me. It was a typically dire Scottish summer’s evening in 1981, and I was sitting alone in my dad’s car, as many of us did during the golden age of CB radio. Sadly, my schoolmates, Pioneer and Velocity Girl, weren’t available to chat on channel 14, so […]

Therapy? interview

March 20th, 2009 by

It’s not often that a band twenty years into their career get a new lease of life but for Therapy? their twelfth album ‘Crooked Timber’ finds the band very much back on their game. Ironically they’ve looked back to move forwards, revisiting their early sound for a first record with the DR2 label. Andy Cairns […]

State @ SXSW 2009 – Day 1

March 19th, 2009 by

Imagine the most eclectic and gargantuan city-based music festival on earth where every corner of every street in a city centre/downtown area is seeping with live music from its pores. Now add cowboy boots. This is South by South West (SXSW), Austin, Texas, the world’s biggest music showcasing event which has been running for 23 […]

The Slits – 30 years on…

March 18th, 2009 by

Criminally underrated or obscenely overrated? Regardless of your answer, punk outfit The Slits left a remarkable legacy in their wake. Precisely what their legacy represents is up for discussion more now than ever as 2009 marks the 30th anniversary of their debut ‘Cut’. The Slits came together at the climax of the UK punk scene. […]

Hockey Interview

March 17th, 2009 by

Much touted Portland four-piece Hockey look set to repeat the trajectory of MGMT last year, by going from unknown indie band to sold-out shows to (maybe) a definitive slot at Oxegen (Hockey are already booked to play). The band played a sold-out double headline show with the lauded Passion Pit in Whelan’s on the first […]

A Certain Ratio interview

March 15th, 2009 by

1978, Manchester. A Certain Ratio, along with another bunch of newcomers -Warsaw’ had come up with something musically unique: what’s now known as post-punk. Warsaw were renamed Joy Division, both bands signed for Factory Records, and the rest – as they say – is history. A Certain Ratio is still going strong today, with European […]

#9 – Choice Music Prize 2009

March 13th, 2009 by

Last Wednesday, Ireland’s music masses turned out in force to find out who was to be crowned overall winner of the annual Choice Music Prize. Now in its fourth year, the award has become one of most highly sought after titles, with the winner being judged purely on their music, as opposed to album sales, […]

Passion Pit interview

March 12th, 2009 by

For Passion Pit main man Michael Angelakos, life in 2009 has become something of a blur. Since being tipped in many quarters as one of the bands to watch out for this year, they’ve released debut EP ‘Chunk Of Change’, found themselves on a continually expanding tour and readied their first full length release ‘Manners’. […]

Sickboy interview

March 12th, 2009 by

At a time when the Irish Government has officially declared itself a Banana Republic and U2 continue to charge their spinal tap, tax free, rock n roll machine into the next millennium, it’s comforting to talk to a penniless band who – regardless of economic status – are steering their musical ship across the Atlantic. […]

Circuit Breakers Special: Road Records

March 11th, 2009 by

The fate of Road Records has been the subject of great debate recently, with the iconic Dublin store seemingly doomed for closure before the possibility of a rescue plan from friends and supporters appeared over the horizon. Ahead of this weekend’s benefit gig (Buy a

Interview: T-Pain

March 10th, 2009 by

‘It’s like, you want a song about givin’ a girl a better life or you want a song about how good her dick suckin’ is?’ It’s a conundrum that has T-Pain thinking today and a question that he feels the general public has to ask themselves. Upstairs in Tripod’s main dressing room, one of his […]

State Issue 11 – Read it here

March 6th, 2009 by

My how time flies. It was a year ago this week that we launched the print version of State, a few weeks on the heels of Obviously a few things have changed along the way but we’re delighted that the start of our second year in operation finds us in excellent shape. Almost as […]