Alex Wiley, Leonard Cohen, Lana Del Rey & More

February 26th, 2017 by

One of the constant companions in life is music. If you are sad or happy there will always be a song that can articulate how you’re feeling when you don’t have the words within. The power of curating a playlist specially designed to render you and give you hope is one of the most cathartic […]

Rae Sremmurd, Mount Eerie, Blondie & More

February 19th, 2017 by

Time is simultaneously a straightforward and complex concept. Seconds turn into minutes which make up hours and the passing of a day, creating a calendar. That is where the logic and reason of time ceases. What happens during those seconds, minutes and hours is where questions arise and life intervenes. In one moment you could […]

M.I.A, Paul White feat. Danny Brown, The Besnard Lake & More

February 12th, 2017 by

This time last year a man working on a photography project took a portrait of me and asked me, “What do you want to do before you die?” I was more than a little flummoxed by the question. I’d never really thought about what I grand master plan I wanted to achieve and be able […]

Fionn Regan, Lisa Hannigan, Kate Tempest & More

February 5th, 2017 by

When you’re not feeling like the best version of yourself it helps to take in some words of wisdom and wit. It can be really difficult to take advice or accept encouraging assertions from peers, sometimes it’s easier to take on the affirmations of strangers. Last weekend I saw an exhibition with a collection of […]

Father John Misty, Participant, Munky & More

January 29th, 2017 by

While Zara Hedderman, our hard-working reviews editor and regular Videos of the Week introducer-person, enjoys a well deserved break, allow me (Aaron, State’s editor – hello!) to attempt a fitting preface to this selection of music videos we’ve dug over the past seven days. We’ve got Father John Misty’s ‘Pure Comedy’ in there. Quite apt, really, […]

Cass McCombs, Young Thug, I Have a Tribe & More

January 22nd, 2017 by

I have four particular pals to whom I’ve become a primary source of providing advice to in matters of the heart. It’s been really fun for me because up until about three months ago (when my non-existing expertise was initially enlisted) my advice – in this capacity, especially – had never once been sought. This […]

David Bowie, Cate Le Bon, Foxygen & More

January 15th, 2017 by

New Year, new me. That’s how every January begins, a justification for the preceding weeks and months of indulgences or unsavoury behaviour. It’s a vague acknowledgement that you feel the need to change the traffic of your body and mind. But, how can everyone be expected to synchronise to reprogram themselves as they enter into […]

She & Him, Holy Fuck & Tim Presley

December 11th, 2016 by

There are two weeks left until Christmas. More precisely, from today you have thirteen days left to get everything you need organised for the big day. The stress is mounting and you’re beginning to feel like a contestant in The Crystal Maze, time is precious to find exactly what you need. If you’re feeling agitated […]

Grandaddy, Cian Nugent, Preoccupations & More

December 4th, 2016 by

The festive season is upon us, officially. Everywhere we look there’s sequined everything; leggings, dresses, jackets, jumpsuits. Christmas jumpers are more elaborately engineered, you’re a Scrooge unless the Rudolph on your tummy lights up the pub. Ah, the pub during the Christmas season. You spend October wistfully imagining the cosy surroundings of your favourite old […]

Kate Bush, Cass McCombs, Big Thief & More

November 27th, 2016 by

It has been a year that repeatedly thrust people into mourning with the passing of music’s most influential figures such as David Bowie, Prince, Lemmy and Leonard Cohen. Once these artists made their unexpected departures, the collective feeling of loss for these innovators seemed palpable; perhaps some people felt that their appreciation could have been greater […]

Hot Cops, The Notas, BADBADNOTGOOD & More

November 20th, 2016 by

I used to really despise Dublin. Loathed it. I think it stemmed from not enjoying college which seemed alien, overwhelmingly large and full of exclusive groups and pressures to do certain things like go to Coppers on a Tuesday. Looking back on that time I realise that the angsty-irrational passively dismissive judgement phase was slightly […]

Weyes Blood, Nick Cave, Thieves Like Us & More

November 13th, 2016 by

Instead of dissecting the dreariness of the week that was, let’s leave this week on a reflective note. Here’s Leonard Cohen’s ‘A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes’, because he’s certainly a golden hero wherever he in now. A bunch of lonesome and very quarrelsome heroes were smoking out along the open road; the night was very […]

Kool AD, Julia Jacklin, Atmosphere & More

November 6th, 2016 by

“Am I good enough?” There’s a part in Martin Scorsese’s short film Life Lessons, when Rosanna Arquette’s character (a young painter, struggling to establish her career in New York) asks Nick Nolte (a revered artist who is obsessed with Arquette’s character) if he thinks whether or not she is any good at painting and if he […]

The Shins, Blood Orange, Wilco & more

October 30th, 2016 by

Growing up and still to this day, Halloween is my favourite time of the year. I equate my fondness for the day with a collection of my most vivid and immediate memories that happened on or around celebrating Halloween. For example, there was a particular supermarket (now, under new ownership) that instantly reminds me of […]