The Singles Club (July 23rd)

July 23rd, 2008 by

State thought singles were dead but nobody seems to have told the music industry. Before we consign singles to the 21st century curiosity pile, we had a listen.



Podcast 06: Oxegen 2008 special

July 15th, 2008 by

While camped out at Oxegen over the weekend, The State team grabbed Today FM’s Alison Curtis, Phantom FM’s Sinead Ni Mhorda and UnaRocks to discuss their Oxegen experiences including the highlights and lowlights of the weekend, how the new bands and Irish bands fared and more discussion of the woman Winehouse.


Oxegen 2008 Review Round-Up

July 14th, 2008 by

State went to Oxegen and had an absolutely rockin’ time. Here for your ease of use is the collected links to our coverage of 2008 packed with reviews and photos. Roll on 2009.


Oxegen 2008 Preview

July 9th, 2008 by

Aphex Twin or UNKLE? The Prodigy or Justice? Rage Against the Machine or Chemical Bros? With Oxegen looming upon us this weekend, State casts a critical eye over the line-up to decide which acts we’re most looking forward to and which acts we’re not.


State Mix #4: The Vinny Club

July 8th, 2008 by

This mix from Dublin’s 8-bit wonder, The Vinny Club will probably blow your mind. Starting with a rather amazing original arrangement of Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello (Is it Me You’re Looking For?)’, it just gets better from there, taking in a good 25 minutes of “early to mid 1980s pop slash rock”.


Interview: Albert Hammond Jr

July 7th, 2008 by

With the release of Cómo Te Llama?, The Strokes guitarist has extended his solo output to two albums. Here we reveal all the juice that wouldn’t fit into the latest issue of State.


State Issue 05, Muxtape, Listings & PDFs

July 3rd, 2008 by

It’s easy to tell that the summer is officially with us, not just because it’s raining, but because literally hundreds of bands are queuing up to visit these shores. Thus Interpol, perhaps one of the most eagerly anticipated of those guests, grace the cover of our fifth issue.


Interview: Simian Mobile Disco

July 1st, 2008 by

James Ford and James Anthony Shaw aka Simian Mobile Disco will follow up their Attack Decay Sustain Release album with a contribution on August 11th to the Fabric Live series. The mix will take in tracks from Green Velvet, Hercules and Love Affair, Plastikman, Shit Robot and Perc & Fractal. State talked to the pair about transport mishaps, improvisation, music blogs, the Fabric Live mix, future plans, frisbees and sandwiches.


Showtime June 27 – July 2

June 27th, 2008 by

A look at some of the gigs taking place in Ireland over the next seven days including Grand Pocket Orchestra, The Cool Kids, Erykah Badu, Morrissey, Massive Attack, Paul Simon and Neil Young. Plus win tickets for the Cool Kids!


Darklight Festival Preview

June 26th, 2008 by

Since 1999, Darklight has been Ireland’s only festival dedicated to the convergence of art, film and technology. State looks ahead to this weekend’s musical events and picks out the highlights of the programme.


Interview: Siouxsie Sioux

June 25th, 2008 by

In the intervening years since Siouxsie Sioux last made a live appearance in Ireland, her life has undergone a number of changes. The Banshees are no more, nor are the Creatures and, obviously connected, her marriage to Budgie. It is, then, in her new solo guise that she visits Dublin and Belfast next week.


Showtime June 19-26

June 19th, 2008 by

A look at some of the gigs taking place in Ireland over the next seven days including Lou Reed, Eric Clapton, Melt Banana, Ugly Megan, Liars, Horace Andy & Johnny Clark, Linkin Park and Queens of the Stone Age.