What’s on Other Voices this week?

February 28th, 2017 by

Last week was as exceptional as ever from the Other Voices camp, with performances by Gregory Porter, Sample Answer, Le Galaxie, Pixie Geldof, and Cry Monster Cry. There’s still more to come as the series continues, and State are delighted to be able to preview each new episode before it airs. Tune in to RTE […]


What’s On Other Voices This Week?

February 22nd, 2017 by

As the series continues to showcase the best of Irish and international music, we’re previewing each new episode ahead of its airing. Last week, there were stellar performances (and enlightening chat) from Conor Oberst, Carson McHone, Kojey Radical and Overhead, The Albatross. Some lineup, eh? This week, we have the sensational voice of Gregory Porter to look forward to. One […]


What’s on Other Voices this week?

February 14th, 2017 by

If you caught last week’s episode, you’d have seen Rejjie Snow, Mumford & Sons, Roisin O, and Saint Sister gloriously stake their claim on Other Voices, the series that boasts some of the best performances from the most essential artists, home-bred and internationally renowned. We’ve teamed up with Other Voices to give you a preview […]


What’s on Other Voices this week?

February 8th, 2017 by

Having made its splendid return for a landmark 15th series on the 2nd of February, Other Voices is teaming up with State to give viewers and music fans alike a taste of what to expect each week as we move through the best of Ireland’s vibrant music scene and beyond. The second episode of Other […]


Choice Music Prize Song of the Year – Playlist & Launch Gallery

February 3rd, 2017 by

Following on from the announcement of the RTE Choice Music Prize Song of the Year shortlist, we thought we’d put the featured tracks together in a playlist to celebrate. The bonus is, of course, that Kieran Frost was there on the night of the launch to take the fantastic photos you’ll see below. Many congratulations […]


The Art of the Bedroom Producer #2

January 17th, 2017 by

Some of the greatest records of all time have been created within the sub-universe of a bedroom. Four walls within four larger walls that represent an escape to a world where the soundtrack is entirely your own. Craftsmanship can often go unnoticed, but the bedroom producer ploughs on, creating their own brand of art through […]


Brian Eno – Reflection

January 7th, 2017 by

The atmosphere surrounding the rush to contextualise the past 12 months has mostly been all doom-and-gloom, and for those of us for whom popular culture is not just a fun way to pass the time but a singular obsession, it can be easy to shift the weight of responsibility its way when it’s not all […]


The Art of the Bedroom Producer

December 6th, 2016 by

The bedroom producer incites images of creative freedom. An alternative world, existing between four walls, where the clutches of label restriction and the blinding light of the mainstream can’t reach. Some of the most forward thinking sound has been created right next to where an artist lays their head. In a world dominated by the […]


RIP, Leonard

November 11th, 2016 by

I resisted your music when I was fifteen, or maybe a little more, because I attributed it to being old. Back then, to be old was to be boring. Strangely, I’m grateful for this foolish youth induced naivety. I knew your songs and words would be there waiting to be explored when I would eventually […]


Pixies – Head Carrier

October 3rd, 2016 by

Back in 1971, The Band rumbled out of rock history with a triumphant swansong during which Robbie Robertson skewered his, Rick Danko’s and Richard Manuel’s ramshackle attempt at an old standard with a shake of a the head and a grin to the interviewer: “It’s not like it used to be.” The original line-up then […]


Electric Picnic 2016 – Sunday – In Review

September 13th, 2016 by

As day three dawns it’s a case of Sunday morning bleeding mercilessly into Sunday afternoon and a pinch of the old heavy heads as we take in Old Hannah aboard the good ship Salty Dog. Southern Gothic has never been so warming as the americana-folk outfit let their rhythmic alt-country wash over our ever-so-slightly pummelled brains. So far, […]


Electric Picnic 2016 – Friday & Saturday – In Review

September 9th, 2016 by

Well, the sun is out as the gates open, so it’s a good start considering we’re long overdue a solid dry Picnic. Straight away, it’s a throwback on the main stage under a blue sky. ABC are the sartorially sharp end of the ’80s pop spear. This is a decade you never need to prepare […]


Come All Ye’ Faithful

September 7th, 2016 by

“and now the end is near…” It’s our last week here at Sin E’s open-mic Monday. In six weeks we’ve seen it all, bands so young their mother sits in the front row waiting to take them home, a husband and wife combo, beatboxers, comedians, a Chilean garage band, drunks in dribs and drabs and […]


Come All Ye’ Faithful

August 26th, 2016 by

It’s our penultimate week here in Sin E and for once it’s a wee bit quiet. The feature act has cancelled at late notice and a couple of the regulars are absent. Tumbleweed-phobia is setting in; rumours of a mysterious Englishman with some sort of guitar/harp hybrid promote intrigue if not comfort. The show rolls […]