State Mix #8 – Tiny Magnetic Pets

May 7th, 2009 by

Tonight sees Tiny Magnetic Pets launch their album Return Of The Tiny Magnetic Pets Upstairs in Whelan’s and to celebrate we asked the band to put together the latest in our State Mixes and the result takes in the likes of Bowie, Eno, Bush, Can and …. Add (N) To X. Nice mix. The Pets […]

Adrian Crowley – Season of the Sparks

May 1st, 2009 by

Early this month, the oracles at the Irish Times listed their ’50 best music acts right now’, so that we would all know who to like, at least until their next list. And in amidst the nostalgic wishful thinking (Ash) and premature overpraising (Villagers), there were a few genuine results: notably, Adrian Crowley carded a […]

My Roots Are Showing – Queen

April 29th, 2009 by

Christmas 1981 and there was a revolution going on. Punk had blown itself out, new wave was passing and the tribes were on the move – the festive number one was Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me’. Not round our house though, the prized gift of the year being Queen‘s Greatest Hits. I suspect I […]

A Camp interview

April 29th, 2009 by

Nina Persson has made two A Camp records in her life. Two records under the same banner but both quite different in their own way. The first, self-titled, was very much a country affair – both in terms of music and the remote locations where it was recorded. For the second outing, however, she has […]

State vs Club AU #2 – The Rags, Escape Act, John Shelly & The Creatures

April 28th, 2009 by

Hot on the heels of last week’s memorable Villagers, ASIWYFA and Alphastates triple bill comes the second State & Club AU collaboration, this time featuring two names from the AU part of the world alongside one of Dublin’s finest. The Rags have been operating below the radar of late, readying their debut album for a […]

Camera Obscura interview

April 22nd, 2009 by

The title of Camera Obscura’s third album My Maudlin Career hints at the lyrical themes and melancholic subject matter that have helped this Scottish band garner fans in their native Scotland and abroad. Ahead of their Dublin gig in Andrew’s Lane Theatre on the 30th of April and the Stiff Kitten in Belfast the night […]

Doves – Olympia Theatre, Dublin & giveaway

April 22nd, 2009 by

It’s four years since Doves released Some Cities, a hiatus in which the world has plummeted into recession and the music industry has not been spared. Fans were concerned about the long pause, worried the band had called it a day. Thankfully those concerns were unfounded: Doves were quietly writing Kingdom of Rust, a beautiful, […]

Mundy interview

April 21st, 2009 by

About a decade ago Edmund Enright sat in the London office of his lawyer and was told the best thing for him to do would be to kill off Mundy. “Tarnished” was how the guy at the other side of the desk described the pseudonym of the Birr native, who had just been dropped by […]

AC/DC – O2, Dublin

April 21st, 2009 by

The crowd of 14,000 is willing it to happen but in reality nobody wants to see Angus Young’s arse. The hope is there’ll be pyrotechnics when he finally bends over and drops his shorts. There would have been little surprise if a roman candle had shot out and light up the pristine O2. In truth, […]

Alphastates interview plus State / Club AU ticket giveaway

April 20th, 2009 by

Five years can be a lifetime in music, and yet Dublin’s Alphastates have emerged from a hiatus of just that length with their strongest set of songs to date in the shape of new album, Human Nature, and a music community who, far from forgetting who they were, are ready to embrace their shining electro-pop […]

The Big Pink interview

April 17th, 2009 by

Ahead of their debut Dublin date this Saturday in Crawdaddy, a placing in the BBC Sound of 2009 poll and a deal with 4AD, The Big Pink’s Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell are ready to dish out their mix of soaring electronics and droning shoegazing guitars to the public. State taled to Milo about Merok, […]

Von Bondies Interview

April 17th, 2009 by

When you meet Jason Stollsteimer you get the feeling he could talk music for weeks and never run out of things to say. Love, Hate and Then There’s You, which came out in February, is the Von Bondies‘ third album, and first since the highly acclaimed Pawn Shoppe Heart hit the shelves in 2004. Their […]

It’s Like Being Inside an Explosion Sometimes

April 15th, 2009 by

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, a 29-year-old from Rathfarnham with a degree in physics who once helped construct a Namibian cheetah sanctuary, is best thought of as an independent and original musician, specialising in the fiddle and Hardanger violin, whose roots are in traditional Irish music. To call him a traditional musician doesn’t quite do justice to […]