State Mix #5: The Expert (MJEX)

October 14th, 2008 by

It’s been too long. The State Mix series is back with an exclusively prepared mix from The Expert of Messiah J & The Expert which he kindly made for us, even though he’s currently preparing for the release of the third MJEX album From the Word Go which is out this Friday, October 17th. The […]

We’ve come to accept our reward…..

October 12th, 2008 by

Well award actually, but then the Teardrop Explodes reference wouldn’t work. Yes, last night State, unaccustomed as we are to public speaking, found ourselves facing a room of 300 people, a few of them possibly less than sober. The occasion was the inaugural Irish Web Awards and State getting the nod for Best Music Site […]

Interview: Juana Molina

October 9th, 2008 by

‘I’m good at mixing vegetables with fruits and cereal. Many different separate flavours, but then you put them together and you choose. I’m not very much into this over-elaborated cuisine.’ Juana Molina is discussing her culinary skills, but she might as well be telling State her artistic manifesto. La dama from Buenos Aires is gradually […]

Interview: Bon Iver

October 8th, 2008 by

‘I reallllllly think I am going out of my head sometimes. I’m watching re-run marathons of sexual victims shows and shows about Sex in the City in a little barn house that my father built. I’m at least 60 miles away from anyone I love, sometimes more like 1,500. I am about 18 feet away […]

State Issue 7 – The Details

October 2nd, 2008 by

Been a long time since we rock -n’ rolled. Well actually it’s only been two months but, you know what, we missed you and we missed putting out a fine music magazine. Our time was well spent though, launching a new look website (nominated for Irish music site of the year by the way) and […]

Photos: Fight Like Apes, Whelans

September 30th, 2008 by

As I’m sure most of you are aware, Fight Like Apes launched their album in Whelans last Friday to a sold-out, radio broadcast crowd. The show ended up involving rubbish bins, gear smashing and a whole lotta sweat. Loreana Rushe was there to capture their triumph. The band are on an a UK tour with […]

State gets a tour of The O2

September 26th, 2008 by

The Point of the whole refurbishment has now become spectacularly clear. While The O2 is still very much a building site, press were yesterday allowed a sneaky peek of Dublin’s newest gig venue, two-and-a-half months before it’s due to open its doors to Kings Of Leon on December 19th – and State came away very […]

Kings of Leon – Only By The Night (Track by Track)

September 19th, 2008 by

Kings of Leon’s fourth album Only By The Night is released today, Huzzah! But what does it sound like? Here’s State’s track-by track run down. A full review will appear in the next issue of the magazine. 1.’Closer’ A markedly different sound for the band opens the record. The main melody is a bass guitar […]

Hard Working Class Heroes Photographers Exhibition

September 12th, 2008 by

The launch of the photography exhibition takes place in the Button Factory tonight at 6pm. Hard Working Class Heroes have announced details of this year’s Photographic Exhibition at the Festival. This year the exhibition is curated by State Magazine and 25 photographers have been selected to exhibit in The Button Factory exhibition space, which will […]

Hard Working Class Heroes bands preview

September 10th, 2008 by

State is pretty excited to be directly involved in Hard Working Class Heroes this year with the photography exhibition but there’s plenty of music acts we recommend too. Here’s a rundown. 5 You May Know Heathers We make no apologies for the fact that this lot have impressed us maybe more than any other new […]

MTV VMAs – The very mediocre awards

September 9th, 2008 by

American pop music is dead. Or, at least according to MTV’s Video Music Awards it is. The start of a prize giving season that will stretch through to next February (swiftly followed by tonight’s Mercury Music Prize, where we will be rooting for friend of State, Rachel Unthank) was ushered in the kind of bizarre […]

Interview: Mick Flannery

September 8th, 2008 by

With his second album White Lies due out next week (September 12th) State sits down with self-proclaimed “grumpy ‘aul bastard” Mick Flannery for a chat about his past, present and future. When we meet, Mick is slumped in a chair in the EMI office conservatory. Despite the array of junk food and sweets on the […]

Underage Festival

September 8th, 2008 by

State is in a foreign place. Not just literally, as we are in London’s East End, but musically too. In front of us, a group of young men with ridiculous hair and extravagant make-up are busting some serious moves to their electro / emo soundclash. They are playing on a bandstand, while in front of […]

Interview: Ponytail

September 4th, 2008 by

What is it about Baltimore that is so hot right now? The city that hosts TV’s best kept secret The Wire is also home to a burgeoning music scene which has recently spawned a new genre in B-more club and interesting DIY artists like The Death Set, Dan Deacon and now, Ponytail. ‘Baltimore is in […]