Help Musicians launch new Northern Ireland funding initiative

August 3rd, 2017 by

Help Musicians, the leading independent UK music charity, has increased its investment in Northern Irish musicians’ careers as the charity launches its new Help Musicians Develop funding scheme. The Fusion Fund, commencing in NI, and the UK-wide Transmission Fund will offer NI-based musicians the opportunity to gain funding and assistance in career development, cross disciplinary, collaborative, and research and development projects. The funds will see a £270,000 investment […]

Burnt Out continue to impress with ‘Joyrider’

October 14th, 2016 by

An opening salvo of confessional spoken-word pathos; drugs, violence, despair and pulsating anxiety offered to the listener in as bleak, black & white a way as the video that unfolds, ‘Joyrider’ by Burnt Out is one of the strongest tracks we’ve heard this year so far, and that list includes their March offering ‘Dear James’. Evoking […]

Nightmares on Wax shares unreleased free demo tape downloads

September 29th, 2016 by

Legendary Warp Records mainstay Nightmares on Wax has made available a series of early career “demo” tapes for download that contain seedling elements that went into the likes of Smoker’s Delight and A Word of Science. The series, know as The NOW Experience sessions “are a collection of tapes ranging from ‘86-’97 made in connection with me and […]

Listen: Pixies – ‘Um Chagga Lagga’

July 6th, 2016 by

New Pixies is on the horizon. The legendary alt-outfit, having released their first album in over twenty years in 2014 (Indie Cindy) have announced the release of a new full-length for September 30th. Head Carrier will be the second album penned since the band reformed in 2004, and comes with new bassist Paz Lenchantin in tow, after Kim Deal’s […]

The Stone Roses – ‘All For One’

May 12th, 2016 by

After some twenty two years (!!) The Stone Roses, those scamps, have returned with new music in the form of ‘All For One’ and we’re not sure what to make of it. ‘All For One’ is full of that Roses energy of some two decades ago with a healthy dose of Brown’s well-aged vocals, but […]

Special Competition: Wyvern Lingo

March 23rd, 2016 by

We’re kind of bringing you a double-barrelled good news segment with this one. Not only are the fab Wyvern Lingo launching their new Letter to Willow EP (listen below) on April 1st at Dublin’s Button Factory, but they’ll be performing a private, secret warm-up gig in an undisclosed location in the Dublin mountains the night before, […]

Listen: Carriages – ‘Like A Child’

March 9th, 2016 by

Not a cover of Junior Boys’ absolute banger of 2007, but an equally impressive experimental musical turn from Carriages, the Dublin electronic duo of Harry Bookless and Aaron Page. An excursion in found sound percussion, and with a pulsating repetitive melody,  ‘Like A Child’, out March 23rd, should more than keep the ears perked until the […]

Listen to Boards of Canada remix Odd Nosdam

February 22nd, 2016 by

You don’t get much more serene than Odd Nosdam’s remix of ‘Dayvan Cowboy’ by Boards of Canada. Oh wait! Apparently you do, as our favourite Scottish electronica outfit have just remixed ‘Sisters’ by Odd Nosdam, taken from his forthcoming full-length of the same name. What an absolute gift. The brothers-bliss haven’t exactly hinted at another album or […]

New music from FKA Twigs

February 19th, 2016 by

Having been fairly quiet since 2015’s M3LL155X EP, FKA Twigs has only gone and released a new track and accompanying video in the form of ‘Good To Love’. Suitably melodic and soulful in its execution, this  latest offering from Tahliah Debrett Barnett is arguably her most straight-cut ballad to date. Lush and with a depth of pads and […]

Forbidden Fruit 2016 reveal preliminary lineup

February 9th, 2016 by

Well now, isn’t this a doozy – Forbidden Fruit have revealed the first acts to play the June Bank Holiday weekend festival (3rd, 4th & 5th) at Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham, and they’re pretty sweet. Taking to the stage, so far, are Tame Impala, Underworld, Jungle (pictured), Flume, Groove Armada [DJ Set], Tale Of Us, Kiasmos, Âme […]

Longitude Festival – Stage Map and Public Safety Info

July 15th, 2014 by

For those of you heading to this weekend’s Longitude Festival, MCD have released stage maps and general need-to-know stuff to ensure an easy passage in and out of the site. Obviously, as I’m sure a certain country and western superstar will attest, all details are subject to change so keep an eye on, the […]

Reeperbahn Festival…What State Saw

October 4th, 2013 by

We wouldn’t know about the third part of the triumvirate, but if you’re looking for sex and / or rock ‘n’ roll, the Reeperbahn Festival is the right place to go. Set in Hamburg’s notorious red light district, all of human life is here. The succession of gaudy sex shop fronts sit in stark contrast […]

Echo & the Bunnymen top Meteor Camden Crawl bill

April 3rd, 2013 by

Echo & the Bunnymen

Seminal post-punk band Echo & the Bunnymen are set for their first Dublin show in two years with the news that they are to headline this year’s Meteor Camden Crawl. The Scouse legends, led by Ian McCulloch, will perform at the Button Factory on Saturday, 4th May as part of the festival which takes places […]

Evening Songs with Ham Sandwich, Heathers & Young Wonder

March 28th, 2013 by

State has, of course, been involved with more than a few live shows during our history but as it’s our fifth anniversary we wanted to do something memorable. Thus when we were asked to curate a benefit for Temple Street Children’s Hospital for a cultural project with DIT we jumped at the chance. We have […]