Show Time May 14 – 20

May 15th, 2008 by

A look at the best gigs taking place in Ireland over the next seven days including Broken Social Scene, Alphabeat, Kimya Dawson, Battles, Oppenheimer and… The Osmonds.




Memories of Hope

May 2nd, 2008 by

Following on from our Issue 3 look back (Out now!) at how independent promoter Hope put Ireland on the punk and hardcore map, Leagues O’ Toole shares his memories.



Interview: Panda Bear of Animal Collective

April 30th, 2008 by

When State initially calls Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear at his home in Lisbon, Portugal, we get a confused Portugese granny on the other end. Despite the language barrier, it’s obvious she is anything but happy that we have rudely interrupted her. Wrong number. We ring it twice. Oops. The next day we finally get hold of the correct phone number and Noah is only too happy (if a little shy) to talk to us.


Coachella: A Heatwave of Hodgepodge

April 30th, 2008 by

It’s hot. Not painfully hot, not warm, just hot. OK, maybe really hot, but bearable. It’s the kind of hot that’s just this side of uncomfortable, when your shirt,if you’re wearing one, is a consistent, invisible damp all over, and your armpits and lower back become a jungle furnace, humid and sticky and warm and for some reason, not all that unpleasant to members of the opposite sex. Not on this weekend anyway.



Coachella Festival video/jealousy roundup extravaganza

April 28th, 2008 by

Sometimes when you can’t be halfway across the world for a festival, there’s no better cure than vicariously living the experience through Youtube footage and blog posts. So with that in mind we present – a compendium of Coachella reports and videos fuelled by our own jealousy.




Podcast 03: SXSW Special

April 7th, 2008 by

Jamie (Fight Like Apes), Angela Dorgan (First Music Contact) and Johnnie Craig join us to dish the dirt on their SXSW festival experiences.