The Lemonheads – The Academy, Dublin

October 7th, 2015 by


The ’90s are back! It’s not just Kylie Jenner in a Calvin Klein crop-top pouting into oblivion or the crew from This is England throwing some Bez-like shapes in a working men’s club. It’s not just plastic pastiche or hazy rose-.tinted memories. It’s a bizarre phase of nostalgic comebacks of the kind of stuff you […]

HWCH ’15 – Friday

October 6th, 2015 by


Early doors on day two of HWCH and our Face of 2015 cover star ProFound is in the Academy Green Room picking up where Hare Squead left off last night. He may not have the same space to work with, nor an equal amount of people, but he’s certainly as good – if not a […]

HWCH ’15 – Thursday

October 6th, 2015 by


If you’re a regular reader if these pages, you won’t need us to tell you that the domestic music scene is in a particularly good place at the moment. Wherever you turn, an intriguing new artist seems to be waiting for you. The annual showcase that is Hard Working Class Heroes, therefore, is always a […]

B Dolan – The Workman’s, Dublin

October 2nd, 2015 by


State regular B Dolan is not afraid of hard work. With constant touring, releasing of albums/mixtapes, self promotion and interviews to be done, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him run out of steam, even a just a little. However, he’s not one to disappoint, as demonstrated by the recent release of his […]

Jacco Gardner – The Workman’s Club, Dublin

October 1st, 2015 by


Jacco Gardner calmly strolls around the venue pre-gig, checking connections, testing signals, then, with little or no fanfare, strolls off stage. A few minutes later he strolls back on again, this time joined by his band; and what a band. They somehow manage to perfectly re-create all the sounds, nuances and all the layered harmonies […]

Bullet For My Valentine – Ulster Hall, Belfast

September 29th, 2015 by

BFMV_160415_432 PUB

What is a fish to do when he finds himself out of water? Flail and flap upon the deck in a last-gasp effort for a return to the sweet briny abyss from which he emerged? Or perhaps it’s the case that this particular species prospers in inertia and adapts – swiftly and unwillingly, at first – to make the most […]

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Whelan’s, Dublin

September 28th, 2015 by

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Whelans, by Leah Carroll_8

The psychedelic stylings of Auckland/Portland outfit Unknown Mortal Orchestra are certainly in demand at the minute considering the success of their third album Multi-Love earlier this year. So much so that their gig tonight in Whelan’s has sold out well in advance – the queue of lucky ticket holders barely deflecting the downtrodden looks of those mulling […]

Leon Bridges — The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

September 27th, 2015 by

Leon Bridges by Mark Earley for State Magazine (1 of 1)

26-year old Leon Bridges tonight reminded so many of us as to why we love music. Watching the Texas via Atlanta, Georgia soul-man on stage as his eyes flicker and his feet shuffle, all the while enthralling the near-capacity crowd with the most authentic display of blues and soul this side of the Mason-Dixon Line; only […]

Brand New – Vicar Street, Dublin

September 24th, 2015 by

Brand New by Mark McGuinness

Over a two or three-day period in 2003, I found myself unable to rise from my bed. I was officially diagnosed with clinical depression the previous winter but it’s always been such an intangible ‘comes and goes’ malady that I often feel guilty ever placing the ‘D’ word upon myself. Still, over a decade ago, […]

Crosby, Stills & Nash – Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin

September 20th, 2015 by


According to Homer J. Simpson, rock attained perfection in 1974 with the bong rattling bass of Grand Funk Railroad and their ilk. Now far be it for me to contradict that yellowest and wisest of sages but by my reckoning that zenith was reached four years earlier, in 1970 with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s […]

Florence + The Machine – 3Arena, Dublin

September 13th, 2015 by

Florence & The Machine, 3Arena, Dublin by Olga Kuzmenko-15

How can we miss her if she won’t go away? Less than a week after she closed her 2015 festival run in grand style at the Electric Picnic (and with a Belfast show the night before), Florence + The Machine are back as the indoor leg of How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful tour rolls […]

Action Bronson – The Academy, Dublin

September 12th, 2015 by


Action Bronson is quite unlike any other rapper. After breaking his leg in a kitchen accident, he decided to leave the culinary world behind and put his rhyming skills to work just five years ago, so it’s fair to say that he has come a long way in such a short space of time. Since releasing […]

Electric Picnic ’15 – Friday

September 8th, 2015 by


A weekend at Electric Picnic always throws up a few questions. The will it/won’t it rain? (it won’t, much.) The are Ride playing Friday or Saturday? (Friday). And the which route will get us on site without having to sit in traffic for an hour? (None). The biggest question is really what on earth do […]

Sufjan Stevens — The Helix, Dublin

September 1st, 2015 by

Sufjan Stevens, The Helix, Dublin by Killian Broderick_

The Helix in one of north Dublin’s suburbs is a strange place to find yourself attending a gig. Surrounded by DCU’s sprawling campus, which itself has been the centre of numerous student gigs, rag weeks, freshers whatevers, etc., the sense that this is a ‘grown up gig’ never quite leaves your mind. Arriving slightly behind […]